The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has formally registered eCOGRA as an Independent Testing Laboratory (ITL) allowing the compliance testing organisation to provide independent certification to online gambling operators and suppliers that offer services in Ontario.
The ITL recognition positions eCOGRA among the first testing agencies to have satisfied the stringent due diligence requirements of AGCO in terms of independence, technical capabilities, industry experience and personnel suitability.
Commenting on the approval, eCOGRA Technical Compliance Manager and in-house legal counsel Maria Flack-Davison said the regulatory review process was professional, in-depth and one of the most evolved that she has experienced.
Chief Executive Officer Shaun McCallaghan added the Ontario approval is integral to eCOGRA’s strategic plans for globally expanding its certification activities, and the enterprise remains committed to servicing its clients in each of the regulated markets where they choose to license their online gambling products.
“This is the thirtieth online gambling jurisdiction to acknowledge our suitability as a testing agency, which widens our value to clients and strengthens our service abilities. We continue to act as a testing partner to a large percentage of the industry’s major online gambling operators and software suppliers, licensed across multiple jurisdictions,” he said.
eCOGRA offers a superior and turnkey solution that is supported by a team of over 120 highly motivated, experienced and qualified full-time staff. Its client portfolio includes many of the industry’s leading gambling operators and suppliers such as 888, bet365, Betsson, Betway, Danske Spil, Entain, Gaming1, Kaizen Gaming, Kindred, Microgaming, Quickspin, Relax Gaming and Thunderkick to name a few.
Founded in 2003 to establish and improve operational standards and player safety requirements in the online gambling space, eCOGRA has amassed a wealth of experience in implementing international best practice standards and requirements and ensuring these are maintained through regular review and monitoring.
eCOGRA acts as a regulatory audit partner to over 200 multi-jurisdictional operators, software providers and other relevant service providers in the online gambling industry. The independent testing laboratory is staffed by a team of professional auditors with Big 4 auditing firm experience, information security experts, test engineers and responsible gambling specialists.
eCOGRA is the first online gambling testing laboratory authorised to offer operators and service providers accredited ISO/IEC 27001 certifications for Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) and is the only laboratory able to provide Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services. The company is an approved testing laboratory with several online gambling jurisdictions.
The organisation has been awarded the United Kingdom Accreditation Service’s (UKAS) ISO accreditation ISO/IEC 17025:2017: General Requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories for Denmark, Great Britain, Greece, Sweden and Switzerland. It also holds ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 accreditation, which is a prerequisite for carrying out third-party ISO/IEC 27001 audits and accredited certifications of ISMS, together with UKAS accreditations for ISO/IEC 17020:2012 and ISO/IEC 17065:2012.