Information note - Gambling Commission's testing strategy
Date: 24 August
A recent press release by eCOGRA on 21 August 2007 includes some
misunderstandings about the testing required for remote gambling
operators licensed by the Gambling Commission. This information
note clarifies the position in relation to the Commission’s remote
testing strategy which was published on 27 July 2007.
The Commission has taken a risk based approach when producing
the testing strategy to ensure the approach is proportionate yet
still meets our licensing objectives.
Importantly the testing strategy provides for various methods of
testing. In many cases, output based testing alone will not
provide the required degree of confidence that the product fully
meets the technical standards.
For certain high risk areas like the systems that produce the
results of a game, third party testing of games will need to be
conducted by an approved test house before they are released. The
Commission has provisionally approved eight test houses to test
compliance against the Commission’s technical standards.
Licensed operators will need to contract with test houses and
agree on the scope of testing. This scope must be sufficient
to ensure that testing adequately covers the Commission’s technical
eCOGRA is not a Commission approved test house.