International Association of Gaming Regulators – IAGR
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The International Association of Gaming Regulators is a voluntary body that was set up in 1986, made up of representatives of the bodies involved in gambling regulation and control in individual countries and territories throughout the world. It works to advance the reputation of online gambling by encouraging and promoting cooperation, information sharing and the development of best practice in the world of gambling and gaming regulation.
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The association consists of representatives from gaming regulatory organizations throughout the world. Its declared mission is to advance the effectiveness and efficiency of gaming regulation by providing:
- a forum in which gaming regulators from around the world can meet, exchange views and information, and discuss policy issues among themselves and with representatives of the international gaming industry
- a means of fostering cooperation between gaming regulators in the performance of their official duties
- a central point of contact for inquiries from governments, gaming regulatory agencies and personnel, and representatives of the international gaming industry.
Since incorporating, the International Association of Gaming Regulators has attracted a record number of members and is today composed of regulators from multiple jurisdictions, including Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa, North America, South America and the Caribbean.
Who grants gaming licenses?
Gaming licenses can only be granted by the appropriate authority inside each country or territory. The International Association of Gaming Regulators has no influence on the issue of licenses. Below we list a short sample of the responsible authorities that grant licenses for some of the major signatories in International Association of Gaming Regulators:
- Australia: New South Wales Responsible Gambling Fund Trust
- Curaçao: Curaçao Gaming Control Board
- Alderney: Alderney Gambling Control Commission
- Gibraltar: Government of Gibraltar, Gaming Division
- Greece: Hellenic Gaming Commission
- Isle of Man: Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission
- Jersey: The Jersey Gambling Commission
- Malta: Malta Gaming Authority
- United Kingdom: Gambling Commission
Who runs the gambling commission?
The International Association of Gaming Regulators was incorporated in 2011 as a non-profit association. International Association of Gaming Regulators’s leadership derives from a Board of Trustees guided by a President and team of officers. The membership of the board of Trustees is chosen by members of the association. The last election was held during an inaugural independent conference in Cape Town, South Africa in 2018.
What processes does the International Association of Gaming Regulators run to ensure the honesty of e-gaming operators?
The International Association of Gaming Regulators has established a multi-jurisdictional testing framework which has set up external testing laboratories, focusing on the testing of random number generators for use in online gambling. At this stage, the following jurisdictions are participating :
- Alderney Gambling Control Commission
- Danish Gambling Authority
- Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission
- UK Gambling Commission
The aim is to define a common agreed process for the testing and certification of online gambling products.
What is the main purpose of the International Association of Gaming Regulators Technical Standards sub-committee?
The International Association of Gaming Regulators Technical Standards sub-committee has identified and established these guidelines that all signatories should adhere to, although each jurisdiction may have unique requirements and its own national laws and regulations and international obligations. The main points include:
- responsible gaming trends and initiatives
- current issues in international gaming regulation
- licensing and suitability investigations
- internal control standards and functions
- current issues in money laundering prevention
- casino management systems
- cryptocurrency gaming software
- compliance and regulatory enforcement
- future gaming and emerging risks
- casino crime and vulnerabilities.