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Colombia – NMi outlines Colombia’s online standards

By - 19 September 2016

COLJUEGOS, the Colombian gaming regulator, has now released the new technical standards for online gaming under the title; Juegos Operados por Internet.

These standards were published by Resolution 20161200013324 on the 9th of June 2016 and outlines the complete requirements for online gaming operations and suppliers for this new and exciting jurisdiction. Luckily enough, Coljuegos has outlined the entire high-level requirements as well as the certification obligations and exceptions perfectly in the technical standards.

Understanding that the first steps at this stage is to submit a Technical Project Document TPD (Proyecto Técnico) with the application, this would follow with regulatory compliance testing of the platform, games, and operations, which are outlined in the Gaming Technical System (Sistema Técnico de Juego) encompassing the Platform (Unidad Central de Juegos) and Inspection System (Sistema de Inspección) which consists of the Safe or Vault (Bodega de Datos) and Grabber (Capturador) which are to be located in Colombia at a Tier 3 Data Centre and tested by the certifying body.

Previous Random Number Generator RNG (Generador de Número Aleatorio GNA) reports from other jurisdictions can be presented to the regulator and will be accepted on a case by case basis, however, it is not clear how this should be presented.

In regards to recurring obligations, there will be an Annual System Review (Revisión Certificación del Sistema) to be conducted by the laboratory and to cover Change Management, Security Technical Test (Pruebas Técnicas), Logging, Exclusion database and procedure review, Business Continuity, Transaction Procedures and ISMS procedures.

Julian Borg-Barthet, Business Development Manager for NMi’s gaming division: “Our regulatory team, with local contacts, and experience in similar markets, worked hard to ensure Colombia was on our list of supported markets, having NMi’s application for both land-based and online gaming on the table, on the verge of legislative change.”
“Our customers understand that jurisdictions such as these are a learning process for everyone, and the ability to adapt to changing policy within a newly regulated jurisdiction requires patience and adaptability from both sides.”

Although COLJUEGOS does not have an official English translation of the technical standards, NMi will be providing a professionally translated copy by All In Translations available on request. As this is an unofficial translation of legal requirements, we ask that this document be used as guidance only, and to seek legal clarification wherever possible.

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