The Malta Gaming Authority participated in the annual meeting of the Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF) held in London between 30 May and 2 June 2017.

Dr Michele Magro and Dr Yanica Sant from the MGA’s Legal team attended the event, which included discussions and presentations on the pertinent issues impacting European and international gaming regulators, such as prevention of addiction and exclusion systems, cooperation between regulators, technical standards and anti-money laundering. Several regulators delivered presentations on their country-specific experiences while the European Commission provided an update on its work.

Dr Magro also participated in a panel discussion entitled ‘Testing Houses’, which was moderated by Christina Thakor-Rankin, Principal Consultant at 1710 Gaming Ltd, along with other panelists, namely Mr John van Schaijk, Director of Engineering at GLI, Ben Verhoeff, Manager at NMi Gaming and Richard Bayliss Senior Manager at the UK Gambling Commission.

The main discussion points were the standardisation of technical specifications, challenges with respect to new products, the extent and frequency of testing, certification of games and the need to increase security standards amongst other topics.