European Committee for Standardization Online Gambling Report

Published Monday, April 04, 2011 -

The European Committee for Standardization held consultations recently that have resulted in a report issued in Brussels entitled the CEN Workshop Agreement 'Responsible Remote Gambling Measures'. The workshop was aimed at securing a high level of protection for online players within the European Union.
CEN Workshop Agreements (CWAs) are voluntary consensus agreements drawn up in an open process. Voluntary standardization activities are carried out in almost every field of economic activity.

The CWA on Responsible Remote Gambling Measures only covers online gambling and is based on more than 600 specific contributions made by participants and submitted for public consultation over a 3 month period. It provides for a total of 134 implementing measures that are aimed at attaining nine policy objectives. The work was proposed and undertaken by a wide range of experts and stakeholders involved in different aspects of online gambling. They include academics in criminology and addiction, industry associations and operators, players associations and experts on problem gambling.

The policy objectives are there to provide for the protection of vulnerable customers, prevention of underage gambling, combating fraud, the protection of privacy, fair gaming, accurate customer payments, responsible marketing, customer satisfaction and safe operating environment.
One member of the European Committee for Standardization the Malta Standards Authority chairman Francis E. Farrugia said in the Malta Independent Online that Malta’s remote gaming standards could be adopted at EU level. In 2008, a national standard was published to support and promote fair and responsible gaming. Farrugia commented, “Malta was the first EU state to have a comprehensive, robust, strict and highly regulated framework controlling on-line gaming in an effective manner.”
“The fact that it was the first country to regulate this sector in the EU, and the fact that Malta enforces a robust and strict regulatory framework, is one of the key reasons why operators choose to obtain a Maltese license.”


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