KSA Offer Licensing Update

The Netherlands gambling regulator, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has revealed the next stage of the process of introducing the country’s legal online market.

 

The Remote Gambling Act will come into effect on March 1 next year, at which point operators who are interested in providing gambling services in the Netherlands will be permitted to apply for licences.

 

In its latest update, the KSA hsd published its draft of the licensing rules that will apply in the new market. Designed to help operators to prepare for the launch of the licensing window, the draft versions of the Policy Rules and Model Permits will be available, although updating the market, the KSA underlined the fact that both documents were draft versions and that the final details would not be settled and published until the middle of January 2021.

 

The draft documents follow the publishing at the end of September of the full itinerary of ‘required operator permits’ which all incumbent operators will be required to present in order to be verified for participation in the application process.

 

As part of the Policy Rules, the KSA has provided an ‘inspection schedule’ to inform operators of which systems and technical requirements need to be ready for inspection. The regulator has also said that it will permit operators to take part in what it described as ‘feasibility tests’ which are set to continue until mid-January 2021.

 

According to the regulator, they have approached a range of stakeholders to take part in the test, including operators, industry associations and selected law firms.

 

Last month, at the Gaming In Holland Conference, the Chairman of the KSA, Rene Jansen spoke to industry executives, and assured them that the regulator had strengthened its internal resources to deal with what it expected to be an influx of applications for access to the market next year.

 

In his speech, he also defended the KSA against criticisms that the process of passing subordinate legislation had led to significant delays in the eventual passage of the Remote Gambling Act, emphasising that no aspect of the rules would be left to chance, and promising that the Netherlands would maintain a tough licensing and regulatory process for applications. It is expected that the KSA will provide another update on the application process in the middle of November.

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