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UK Gambling Commission welcomes launch of new application service for Personal Functional Licence

George Miller

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UKGC happy to announce an improved online personal functional licence application service is available from 4 December 2018.

The service gives applicants an efficient, streamlined and improved service. It follows the in line with the GOV.UK design, making it quicker and easier to submit an application.

Supporting this new application service will be an improved processing tool to be used by the Commission’s licensing staff that includes the introduction of electronic Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) checks. These improvements should result in applications being assessed more quickly.

UKGC introduced text and email alerts in the new processing approach to keep applicants informed on the progress of their applications from submission through to when the licence is issued.

This improved licence application service has been developed as part of UKGC’s ongoing commitment to improve the way they regulate by simplifying, automating and digitising the licensing process. UKGC will automate more aspects of the personal licensing process by developing a new personal licence (PFL and PML) management and maintenance tool by the end of March 2019. As they develop this work, UKGC will continue to engage with the casino industry to ensure you have the opportunity to be involved in user research and inform further developments that meet your needs.

Watch this video to show you just how easy it is to use the new system:

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Complitech hits 10,000 technical compliance requirements with Greece listing

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Complitech, the gaming industry’s only product and technical compliance database, has hit a major landmark with the listing of its 10,000th requirement, after adding Greece to its selection of jurisdictions.

The addition means Complitech users can now download, sort, analyse and compare more than 10,000 technical compliance requirements from 27 regulated online gaming jurisdictions within seconds.

These requirements are translated into English and kept up to date by a team of compliance experts, with new markets added as they open. As well as Greece, full technical compliance requirements from Germany and the Netherlands will soon be available to Complitech users.

The database has quickly become a must-have tool for suppliers looking to expand their global footprint within regulated markets. On average, Complitech users are able to enter new jurisdictions 60 percent faster than competitors.

Francesco Bianchi, Director of Compliance Operations at Maxima Compliance, said: “It has been a little over six months since we launched Complitech, so it is a fantastic achievement to have already hit such a landmark.

“A huge amount of work has been put in by the team to ensure that compliance managers and product owners no longer need to spend weeks researching and translating these requirements themselves.

“Complitech not only streamlines and optimises the process of entering new regulated markets, but its powerful gap analysis tools mean it can be used to identify new strategic opportunities for your business.”

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Belgium Implements Capacity Limit for Land-based Gaming Venues

Niji Narayan

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The Belgian government has published a new decree limiting the capacity at land-based gaming venues in the country to a maximum of 40 people as the number of Covid-19 cases increases.

Also, casinos, gambling halls and betting shops must remain closed between 11:30 pm and 6:00 am, and upon arrival, customers must register their details for contact tracing.

The sale of food and drink onsite is prohibited, and customers are also obliged to wear masks, a rule which has been in effect in all public places in Belgium since July.

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AUSTRAC Launches Formal Investigation into Crown Melbourne Over AML Concerns

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AUSTRAC, Australia’s financial crime watchdog, has launched a formal investigation into potential infringements of the country’s anti-money laundering laws by Crown Resorts.

In a Monday morning filing with the Australian Securities Exchange, Crown revealed that it had been informed of the investigation by AUSTRAC after the authority’s Regulatory Operations branch identified potential non-compliance by Crown Melbourne of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing Act 2006 and the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing Rules 2007.

The potential non-compliance relates to “ongoing customer due diligence, and adopting, maintain and complying with an anti-money laundering/counter terrorism financing program,” Crown said.

It added that the concerns were identified “in the course of a compliance assessment that commenced in September 2019 and focused on Crown Melbourne’s management of customers identified as high risk and politically exposed persons.”

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