Responsible Gaming Council

Responsible Gaming Council

July 09, 2014 08:00 ET

RGC Launches Responsible Gambling Accreditation for Internet in Association With PricewaterhouseCoopers

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 9, 2014) - The Responsible Gaming Council (RGC) is pleased to announce the launch of RG Check - 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 rigourous 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."

For more information on RG Check - Internet, please go to www.rgcheck.com

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About the Responsible Gambling Council

The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to problem gambling prevention.

RGC works to reduce gambling risks by creating and delivering innovative awareness and information programs. It also promotes the adoption of improved play safeguards through best practices research, standards development and the RG Check accreditation program.

RGC is committed to bringing together all perspectives including those of people with firsthand experience with gambling problems, gaming providers, regulators, policy makers and treatment professionals. Find out more at responsiblegambling.org.

About PwC Canada

PwC Canada helps organizations and individuals create the value they're looking for. More than 5,700 partners and staff in offices across the country are committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax, consulting and deals services. PwC Canada is a member of the PwC network of firms with more than 184,000 people in 157 countries. Find out more by visiting us at www.pwc.com/ca.

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