As already known by all interested parties and, at the same time, involved in the Romanian gambling industry, on July 22, 2019, ONJN notified to the European Commission the technical regulation document entitled “Minimum technical conditions for checking the gaming means”. , respectively its latest version, version posted on the site www.onjn.gov.ro on June 14, 2019.
First of all, we would like to welcome this important initiative of ONJN, which , in a responsible and transparent way, considering the important objectives that it has undertaken in relation to “promoting” and “stimulating” and especially with “ensuring competition in the gambling market”, has organized several rounds of meetings with representatives of the parties covered by the new regulation, during the sessions of the Advisory Council. These meetings were attended by the producers, the main associations of the organizers as well as the conformity assessment bodies (including BBSC Communications), who have expressed their concern and willingness to participate and, especially, to engage constructively in these real and thorough debates on that document.
In the attempt to present you, briefly, some of the important provisions contained in the draft technical regulation (norm), in the introduction, we mention the following:
- The document contains a very large number of provisions and requirements, both general and specific, administrative, but above all, technical, complex and completely new compared to those found in the previous documents (technical norms), by the BRML and the conformity assessment bodies, licensed class II;
- The document deals with the technical control of all the gaming means used in the organization of traditional gambling and, in particular, the technical control exercised by the type approval method.
In connection with the means of technical control exercised by the type approval, the main important elements of novelty can be found in the following provisions:
- The type approval is granted for a period of 10 years (proposal of BBSC Communications accepted by ONJN), instead of, as before, for a period of 4 years with the possibility of a maximum extension of two times with a further 2 years. (in total, maximum 8 years);
- The possibility that after the expiry of the validity period of the type approval (respectively, after the term of 10 years) the technical control exercised through periodic technical checks and after repairs could be continued (proposal of BBSC Communications accepted by ONJN);
- The applicant for a type approval will have to submit, among other things, a “written declaration that the same application (was/was not) submitted to another licensed conformity assessment body or to the Romanian Bureau of Legal Metrology, and if submitted, its name, date of evaluation, as well as the result of the evaluation report will be specified”;
- “The economic operator who has requested the type approval, takes all the necessary measures to ensure the conformity of the products manufactured according to … the type approval, with the approved type”;
In connection with the means of technical control exercised by the technical checks, the main important elements of novelty can be found in the following provisions:
- In order to meet the demands coming from the gambling industry, it was decided that “The period of validity of the initial technical verification and the periodic technical verification.. is …at least 12 months, but not more than the last day of the month in which the technical verification expires“;
- “EGM (r.n.: slot machines means of play) declared conforming to an approved type must have a percentage of winnings between 92% and 95% for the last 12 months of operation. In the documents issued at the periodic technical verification or after repair, the values obtained for this period are recorded (only for slot machines with unlimited stakes and winnings)“;
- “This Order will be supplemented subsequently with the minimum technical conditions for checking the means of play for all other traditional means of play provided by the incident legislation”;
(to be continued)