The new national online self-exclusion scheme, GAMSTOP®, is expected to be fully operational and available to consumers by the end of 2017.
GAMSTOP® has been designed by the Remote Gambling Association to aid operators in complying with their responsible gambling requirements and, specifically, social responsibility code 3.5.5 of the Commission’s Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice which sets out that “Licensees must participate in the national multi-operator self-exclusion scheme”. This provision applies to all remote operators who offer consumers online gambling products, other than society lottery operators who do not offer instant win games.
Operators must ensure that they register with GAMSTOP® in advance of the scheme launching. Registration is free and you can sign up on the GAMSTOP® Operator Portal, here.
GAMSTOP® will allow UK consumers to exclude themselves from all online gambling operators licensed by the Gambling Commission by way of a single website registration. Consumers will also be signposted to advice and support services to help them manage their gambling.