Key Official Fitness and Propriety Requirements Feedback

In September 2015, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) launched a public consultation entitled ‘Revision of the Key Official fitness and propriety requirements as a means to achieve enhanced compliance capability of remote gaming licensees’.

The primary objective of this consultation was to understand the industry’s perspective on the subject matter and take it into account when drafting new policies and procedures. As stated in the consultation document, ‘while the focus on honesty and integrity will remain an integral and essential part of the MGA’s assessment, the MGA further believes that the fitness and propriety of a person to fulfil the Key Official (KO) function depends also on a person’s capabilities and competencies including: the applicant’s full understanding of the KO’s function, sound knowledge of KO’s obligations at law and in practice the ability to supervise the compliance of remote gaming licensees and the general understanding of the remote gaming operation and its specific challenges.’

The consultation touched upon several areas including the introduction of professional qualification/certification to become a Key Official, the required professional experience, the introduction of a requirement for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) including possible content and length of CPD.

The consultation put forward ten questions and touched upon several areas including the introduction of professional qualification/certification to become a Key Official, the required professional experience, the introduction and length of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) hours that are intended to be introduced as well as the requirements and content.

The public consultation closed on Friday 16 October 2015 and a total of 18 replies were received. Replies were received from four main categories of respondents, namely: key officials, operators, representative bodies and individuals who provided their personal opinion on the subject matter, who were classified as ‘others’.  A summary of the responses and the individual responses is presented in the list hereunder.

Stakeholders

The following is the list of stakeholders who submitted their feedback, sorted according by the interest groups which they represent:

  • Key Officials
  • Operators
  • Representative Bodies
  • Others

The MGA would like to thank all the participants for taking the time to reply to the consultation questions and provide their valuable feedback. The feedback received will be analysed and assessed in further detail and taken into account when establishing its policy position, which will eventually be included in the new regulatory framework, on the requirements which must be met by the person fulfilling the Key Official function.