You may have come across an online casino or similar gambling website and noticed the eCOGRA logo at the bottom of the homepage and wondered what it means. This organisation, also known as e-Commerce and Online Gambling Regulation Assurance has been testing online casinos since 2003 and making sure that they offer players high standards of support, professional conduct and excellent operating standards.

As recently as Feb 2012, the chief of this independent entity was named among the top regulatory specialists in the online gambling industry today.

Online casinos aren’t forced to be accredited by this organisation but it is definitely in their interest to do so because this has become a widely recognised organisation and it means that if a casino is approved by eCOGRA, that they have at some point undergone a series of strict vetting procedures to have achieved the eCOGRA accreditation.

This is a London based organisation that has now given its seal of approval to approximately 80 online casinos. They have also given their seal of approval to ten online casino software companies and there are almost thirty more companies awaiting their approval. Altogether, there are just under 150 gambling portals that have the eCOGRA seal of approval.

Players can visit the main eCOGRA website to view a complete list of these sites. It doesn’t mean that a site is any worse for not having their seal of approval, but where you do see it, you can play safe in the knowledge that this site has been thoroughly tested sand scrutinised in all areas. Each website that is approved by them is then frequently inspected to maintain that they continue to provide players with a secure and reliable online gambling environment.

This organisation is absolutely fantastic for players. You can now land on a website knowing that it has been checked by a renowned organisation and then given the all clear. The seal means you have landed on a secure gambling portal.

The seal also gives players a tremendous sense of security when they actually know what it means. You can visit the main eCOGRA website to learn more about their mission and the exact procedures they carry out to give an online gambling portal their seal.

eCOGRA is a UKAS Accredited Testing Laboratory that maintains gambling portals offer the best standards of services, which enables players to trust the operator and the services that are offered.