The Remote Gaming Association (RGA) have officially recruited professional service company KPMG to assist in the creation of the online gambling self-exclusion system in the UK.
The company will initially assist the trade body by undertaking a scoping study which will help to shape the development of the National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme.
It will then support and advise the RGA during the implementation process which could take place before the end of 2017.
The National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme (NOSES), has been in development since February this year, when the Gambling Commission (UKGC) decided that the industry itself, through the RGA, would be responsible for the creation of a national online self-exclusion system.
RGA chief executive Clive Hawkswood commented: “Self-exclusion can be a vitally important tool, especially for problem gamblers or those who are at risk of developing problems.
“Self-exclusions have long been offered on a company basis, but in terms of consumer protection it will be a huge step forward to have a single national scheme of the type envisaged by government and the Gambling Commission.”
He went on to say that establishing a cross-industry system of this sort will raise a host of complex legal, technical and governance issues, adding: “We are therefore delighted to have retained KPMG to help us successfully navigate our way through all of these details with a view to having everything in place before the end of 2017.”
In addition to providing consumers with a single process where they can self-exclude themselves from all online gambling operators, the NOSES website will also set out other measures that can help people to manage and control their gambling, and will signpost specialist advice and support services for those who might benefit from them.
Paul Hope, UKGC programme director, commented: “We are very pleased that the RGA is developing the scheme on behalf of the online sector. The Commission will work with the RGA to achieve our shared objective of a scheme that is focused on what works best for people that would benefit from using it.”
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