Gaming Machine Working Group

Bacta and the Bingo Association prepare to submit six-point Technical Standards proposal

Bacta’s Technical Standards Group headed by MERKUR UK’s Alan Claypole is working in partnership with colleagues from the Bingo Association’s Gaming Machine Working Group to produce a set of industry recommendations on enhancements to existing regulations which will enable the machines sector to remain competitive and uphold the highest standards of consumer protection.

Following discussions with the Gambling Commission, Bacta and the Bingo Association submitted a six-point plan of outline proposals to update the existing regulations at the end of April, as the precursor to a possible more fundamental review.

Bacta National President John Bollom said: “I am delighted that the Gambling Commission has responded positively to our request to provide insight and input to the current regulations covering technical standards.

“In partnership with the Bingo Association we are drawing up a concise six-point plan to update those areas where we believe that changes could be explored whilst always upholding our unswerving commitment to safer gambling.

“The focus of the Technical Standards Group led by Alan Claypole is to supply the Commission with a set of proposals which are realistic, pragmatic and deliverable, all set against a robust commitment to deliver a safe gambling entertainment experience for players.

“I am delighted that the industry has been given the opportunity to present our thoughts which I believe represents a solid acknowledgement of our reputation as a source of technical insight and expertise.

“Addressing technical standards will enable the industry to continue to engage responsibly with consumers in what is an increasingly competitive and blended land-based/online environment.”

Miles Baron, CEO Bingo Association added: “It makes sense for the Bingo Association to be working closely with Bacta in the area of Gaming Machine Technical Standards, where we have much in common, and we are grateful to Alan for his work to date on this proposal.”