The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) has announced that it has retained the services of KPMG to undertake a scoping study which will shape the development of the National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme (NOSES), and to advise the RGA during its implementation process.
The aim of NOSES, which should be in place by the end of 2017, is to provide consumers with a single process whereby they can self-exclude themselves from all the online gambling operators licensed by the Gambling Commission.
It was confirmed by the commission in February that the industry should take the project forward to design. The website will also set out other measures that are available to help people manage their gambling, and signpost specialist advice and support services for those who might need them.
Clive Hawkswood, Chief Executive of the RGA, 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.
“Establishing a cross industry system of this kind raises a host of complex legal, technical, and governance issues. 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.”
Paul Hope, Programme Director for the Gambling Commission, said: “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.”
Micky Swindale, Director of KPMG Gibraltar, added: “KPMG are delighted to be working with the RGA on an important opportunity for the industry to work together to put in place a customer-focused, user-friendly system.”