Various organisations are involved in dealing with issues such as problem gambling, player protection and protection of minors.
We review the main associations and alliances that are involved in setting standards, providing help and counselling, and monitoring gambling operators.
In some jurisdictions such as the United Kingdom, problem gambling associations provide their services under the auspices of the UK Gambling Commission. In some offshore jurisdictions, operators may belong to or participate in problem gambling programmes. Some of these associations are not-for-profit and have been set up by the industry to promote fair competition and consumer choice
Problem Gambling Organisations
Gamble Aware is a website that helps people by providing information and is run by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust.
The Great Foundation offers problem gamblers help through multi channels, including education, research and treatment and was formely known as the Responsibility in Gambling Trust.
GamAid is run in many countries and offers free help to men and woman with gambling problems and was developed by the UK based Datasmith.
Gamblers Anonymous is a international body formed to help people with compulsive gambling problems, and like Alcoholics Anonymous, has a 12 step programme.
GamCare is the UK's leading organisation for dealing with the delivery of a range of services and support for confronting the personal and societal impact of gambling.
Help is at hand for problem gamblers through free services offered by Gamblingtherapy.org
Associations and Alliances
CEN facilitates develops standards to improve communication between industries and consumers in Continental Europe.
URU with its unique ID3 technology offers operators a solution to sign up new customers more efficiently and securely.
Founded in 1993, Technical Systems Testing (TST) is a globally respected gaming testing and consulting firm that services both the iGaming and landbased markets.
IBAS is an independent gambling moderation and arbitration service who steps in if a customer and certified operator cannot reach agreement.
The prime objective of the PPA is to work towards the enactment of legislation which will give players a secure and regulated environment in which to play poker.
The IGC is the oldest independent association concerned with promotion fair advertising and trading guidelines in the online gambling industry.
The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has a self appointed task of promoting fair competition and consumer choice for European based online gaming operators.
The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) is based in London and provides industry regulatory oversight for online gambling operators across the UK and Europe.
The Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA) is concerned with making the internet a safer resource for users.