Multi-jurisdictional testing framework

Streamlining the external gambling product testing processes

To streamline the external gambling product testing processes for business entities, we have established a multi-jurisdictional testing framework (MJTF).

This is phase one of the work and is limited to the operations of external testing laboratories and to the testing of random number generators (RNG) for use in online (remote) gambling. At this stage, it is only recognised by a pilot group of participating jurisdictions, these being:

  • Alderney Gambling Control Commission
  • Danish Gambling Authority
  • Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission
  • Gambling Commission (United Kingdom)

The MJTF aims to define a common agreed process for the testing and certification of online gambling products. Where regulators rely on outsourced testing bodies for all or part of their certification processes, this framework may be a useful standard to adopt. Participating regulators have agreed what they consider to be robust yet proportionate testing standards for the activities covered by the framework.

A regulator participating in this scheme will recognise testing performed to this standard as sufficient for their jurisdiction without the need for unnecessary testing duplication. It is anticipated that future phases of the framework will incorporate additional participating jurisdictions and scope of activities.

The pilot group who have contributed to phase one of this framework are:

  • Mark D’Andrea  (Great Britain Gambling Commission)
  • Neil Howard (Alderney Gambling Control Commission)
  • Jan Fritzen (Danish Gambling Authority)
  • Henrik Høyer (Danish Gambling Authority)
  • Mark Rutherford (Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission)

Adhering to the MJTF, business entities would only need to test a product once and use this as testing assurance for all participating IAGR member jurisdictions that participate in the MJTF.

The MJTF (phase one) was introduced to IAGR members during the IAGR 2015 conference in Peru and is currently restricted to the pilot jurisdictions above. During the course of the framework’s development, the pilot group engaged with other interested regulators who have expressed interest in joining once more detail is provided. We would encourage any jurisdiction wishing to participate to review phase one of the framework to see if it appears suitable for their use.

Based on feedback from fellow IAGR members, the group will consider adjustments to the MJTF – the objective being, that a broad segment of IAGR members will implement the MJTF in their jurisdiction.

As this is the first phase of the framework, we welcome any feedback you might have for us to improve it. To send us your feedback, or for more information about becoming a participating jurisdiction please contact us.

Future phases of the framework will look at:

  • Game testing (to compliment the RNG process)
  • Field product certification
  • Information security.

If your jurisdiction regulates online gaming and requires outsourced testing as part of the gambling fairness assurance process, this framework would be worth considering. Not only does it allow multiple regulators to share their collective experience and settle on one robust yet proportionate testing standard, it also benefits the business entities operating online gambling across multiple jurisdictions as it provides one testing framework to satisfy the requirements of all participating jurisdictions.

It should be noted that this framework does not replace any participating member’s domestic requirements but will be recognised as sufficient for the testing and assurance of the activities contained in the framework. If you are a business offering online gaming and regulated in one of the participating jurisdictions, you would still need to comply with all regulatory requirements pertaining to the testing and release of new product, such as providing any required new product details or testing evidence and in obtaining any required approvals.

MULTI-JURISDICTIONAL TESTING FRAMEWORK

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