eCOGRA Brings Expertise in Online Gambling Standards to Michigan as an Officially Licensed ITL

Published January 12, 2023 by Brett C

eCOGRA Brings Expertise in Online Gambling Standards to Michigan as an Officially Licensed ITL

eCOGRA, a leading international independent testing lab (ITL), has announced its expansion into the US market with approval to offer certification services as an independent testing laboratory (ITL) in Michigan, courtesy of the MGCB (Michigan Gaming Control Board).

eCOGRA has received authorization from the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) to act as a suitable independent testing laboratory (ITL) in Michigan. As a result, eCOGRA can now offer regulatory certifications to online gambling operators and suppliers in Michigan and Pennsylvania. In addition, the company holds minor vendor licenses in Colorado and New Jersey, enabling it to provide third-party cybersecurity testing and certification.

With its latest approval to offer Internet and sports betting certification services in Michigan, eCOGRA continues its expansion into the US market. The company, founded in 2003 to establish and improve operational standards and player safety requirements in the online gambling industry, has a wealth of experience in implementing international best practice standards and requirements and ensuring that its clients meet them.

In addition to its work in the US, eCOGRA has a global presence, with approvals in 34 jurisdictions across four continents.

The company's CEO, Shaun McCallaghan, stated,

We are committed to expanding our service offering to new jurisdictions important to our clients. We will continue pursuing approvals where our services are required, being the preferred ITL.

As an independent testing laboratory (ITL), eCOGRA provides regulatory certification to online gambling operators and suppliers in Michigan and Pennsylvania and minor vendor licenses in Colorado and New Jersey. In addition, the company's services include third-party cybersecurity testing and certification and a range of other services designed to ensure the proper and responsible operation of online gambling sites. eCOGRA has never been suspended, denied, or rebuked by regulatory authorities.

With its strong track record and commitment to serving its clients, eCOGRA is well-positioned to impact the online gambling industry in Michigan and beyond positively. As the company continues to expand, it is expected to bring its expertise and dedication to upholding the highest standards to new markets.

About eCOGRA

Established in 2003, eCOGRA is a leading independent testing agency based in the United Kingdom. With a focus on the testing, inspection, and certification of online gambling software and systems, the organization has earned accreditations from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for ISO/IEC 17020:2012, ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015, ISO/IEC 17025:2017, and ISO/IEC 17065:2012.

eCOGRA is the first testing laboratory to specialize in online gaming to be awarded ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 accreditation, which is required for conducting third-party ISO/IEC 27001:2013 audits and accredited certifications of Information Security Management Systems (ISMS). The organization is also the only laboratory able to provide Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services.

As a regulatory audit partner for over 200 multi-jurisdictional operators, software providers, and other relevant service providers in the online gambling industry, eCOGRA is staffed by a team of professional auditors with experience at Big 4 auditing firms, as well as information security experts, test engineers, and responsible gambling specialists.

eCOGRA is committed to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and independence in its work. Accordingly, the organization has policies and procedures to ensure that its management and employees are free from undue commercial, financial, and other pressures and influences that could impact the quality of their work. Internal mechanisms are also in place to ensure that eCOGRA avoids involvement in any activities that could diminish confidence in its competence, impartiality, judgment, or operational integrity.

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