RGC launches online gambling accreditation with PricewaterhouseCoopers

RGC CEO Jon Kelly.

The Responsible Gaming Council (RGC) is set to announce the launch of RG Check – an Internet, an international accreditation program that enables gambling websites to have their gambling safeguards assessed against independent and evidence-based standards. RG Check – Internet is adapted from the highly successful RG Check – Venue program, which has accredited 60 venues since its launch in 2011.

The standards for RG Check – Internet were created by RGC, which will deliver the program in Canada. Internationally, the accreditation program will be administered by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC Canada) and member firms of the PwC network. Final accreditation decisions will remain with RGC.

“RGC set out to create the gold standard of consumer protection,” says RGC CEO Jon Kelly. “The RG Check program, based on 7 standards and 51 criteria, gives internet gambling providers the opportunity to have their responsible gambling safeguards assessed against comprehensive international standards and a rigorous accreditation process.”

The six-month process of earning an RG Check accreditation for an online gambling site is voluntary and confidential, concludes with an independent assessment by a panel of experts, and is reviewed annually.

“We are proud to be part of RG Check – Internet and are excited to assist RGC with assessing websites against these stringent new standards,” says Darren Henderson, National Technology and Communications Consulting & Deals Leader at PwC. “We are advocates of responsible gambling and look forward to working with RGC on initiatives that support their mandate.”