The online casino testing agency and consumer protection group, eCOGRA (eCommerce Online gaming Regulation and Assurance), has been given the green light by the Portuguese gambling authorities to act as a certified testing agent in the European country. Servico de Regulacao e Inspecao de Jogos (SRIJ) approved the group to certify gambling technical systems as part of changing regulations in the country. According to the business development manager of eCOGRA, Shaun McCallaghan, the group had worked in close liaison with the Portuguese authorities in order to reach the point of accreditation. He congratulated eCOGRA’s technical staff, in particular “for meeting the stringent standards set by the Portuguese regulator for the approval of the testing agencies.” McCallaghan said that SRIJ ensured that eCOGRA met all the requirements and that the London based group “did a superb job”. Also commenting was the chief executive of eCOGRA, Andrew Beveridge who said that the group was now among the major providers of compliance testing and certification services to online gambling organizations who operate across multiple regulated jurisdictions in Europe. “We are anticipating considerable demand for our services as the Portuguese online gambling markets becomes regulated,” said Beveridge. Portugal is just one of many online gambling jurisdictions which have offered eCOGRA their approval. The group, which was founded in 2003, is considered an accredited testing agency for several jurisdictions. It has been awarded the UK Accreditation Service ISO approval, and meets the quality assurance requirements for several more. Over 50 people are employed by eCOGRA, including professional auditors with Big 4 auditing firm experience, information system experts and responsible gambling specialists. eCOGRA is the regulatory audit partner to some of the top gambling groups and online casinos in the industry such as 32Red and more. eCOGRA’s objectives are, among other things, to protect vulnerable customers, prevent underage gambling, combat fraudulent and criminal behavior, ensure customer privacy, safeguard all information, ensure prompt and accurate customer payouts, responsible marketing, commitment to customer satisfaction and support, to ensure fair gaming through RNG and RTP game evaluations, and to secure a secure, safe and reliable operating environment. eCOGRA's Safe and Fair seal is awarded to operators who comply with the group’s eGAP (Generally Accepted Practice) requirements who meet the requirements as set out above. The company has performed over 500 worldwide compliance reviews since it was first founded.