Category C and complex D technical standards update
The Commission recently consulted on amendments to the technical
standards applicable to category C gaming machines. The
amendments relate to speed of play, live jackpots and game
The results of the consultation are detailed in the response
document. The amendments were subject to EC notification, for
which a standstill period of 12 weeks was required before the
amendments could become effective. This period expired on 7
November 2011. The amendments are therefore effective from 8
Following feedback from industry, additional guidance has been
provided to clarify the amendments to section 5.14 (game
It is expected that the amendments will increase the
attractiveness of category C gaming machines without compromising
the licensing objectives. The Commission expects that these
amendments will hasten the removal of legacy machines and to this
end will be monitoring the number of legacy machines via the
regulatory returns process.
The Commission is currently considering the necessity of
splitting the combined standards for categories C and complex D
into separate standards documents, and consolidating the standards
Notes to editors
The Gambling Commission
- 1. The Gambling Commission (the Commission) regulates gambling
in the public interest alongside its co-regulators local licensing
authorities. It does so by keeping crime out of gambling, by
ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by
protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or
exploited by gambling. The Commission also provides independent
advice to government on gambling in Britain.
- 2. The Commission and local licensing authorities are
responsible for licensing and regulating all gambling in Great
Britain other than the National Lottery and spread betting, which
are the responsibility of the National Lottery Commission and the
Financial Services Authority (FSA) respectively.
- 3. See the Terms & Conditions section of our
website for information on legal
- Further information is available from the Commission's website.
Gambling Commission: John Travers on (0121) 230 6700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.