A Remote Gambling Association statement in response to the Gambling Commission Review of online gambling published on 26th March 2018

‘We share with the Gambling Commission the objectives that underpin their review, which is clearly the start of a longer process that will at some stage involve public consultation on firm proposals.

There will always be areas where an industry can and should do better. The online gambling sector is no different and we will continue to work constructively with the Commission to identify and implement any improvements that are evidence-based, proportionate and effective.

Much work is already being undertaken by operators to enhance the safeguards for online gamblers, but it is right for the regulator and others to challenge us to do more. As part of our submission to the separate review being undertaken into gambling by DCMS we have already committed, amongst other things, to:

• Introduce a truly national online self-exclusion for online gamblers;
• Promote cross sector standards of player analytics to identify problematic gambling behaviour and interact with customers to address those problems;
• Support additional advertising restrictions; and
• Promote the introduction of a new independent and transparent statutory social responsibility levy to ensure that adequate funding is in place to provide the levels of research, education and treatment that are needed.

In conclusion, although it is far too early to say exactly what reforms might flow from this review we believe that, taken together with the work that is already underway, the outcome will improve the experience and protections for the online gambling industry’s customers and that must be our shared goal.’

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To download a copy of the Gambling Commission Review of online gambling please click here

For a PDF copy of the RGA statement please click the following stake: RGA Statement in response to GC online Gambling Review 26 03 18