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KSA initiates nationwide inspections of slot machine arcades

Upcoming assessments focus on ensuring comprehensive compliance with expanded duty of care guidelines.

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The Dutch Gaming Authority (KSA), in a move aimed at reinforcing responsible gambling practices, has announced plans to conduct inspections at slot machine arcades country-wide. This will begin mid-December. The primary focus of these inspections will be the assessment of the implementation of the duty of care.

Since `1 April 2021, amusement arcades have been subject to an expanded legal duty of care, compelling them to take proactive measures in preventing and mitigating gambling addiction. KSA supervisors will undertake thorough examinations to ensure compliance with the stipulated requirements for addiction prevention during the upcoming audit period.

The KSA emphasises that the objective of these inspections is not punitive but rather geared towards fostering a safer and more responsible gambling environment. The regulatory body aims to work collaboratively with amusement arcades to uphold the duty of care standards outlined in the legislation, which was enacted earlier this year.

Post the audit period, the KSA will share its findings through a comprehensive news item. This report will not only highlight areas of compliance but will also address any shortcomings or areas that require improvement. Additionally, if deemed necessary, the KSA will make adjustments to its guidance, which will be communicated promptly through updates on the official KSA website.

These efforts by the Gaming Authority underscore the ongoing commitment to the welfare of consumers and the prevention of gambling-related harm. By proactively engaging with stakeholders and maintaining a transparent feedback loop, the KSA aims to contribute to a balanced and secure gaming landscape in the Netherlands. Players and industry participants alike can anticipate a thorough and fair evaluation of the implemented duty of care measures within the upcoming inspection process.

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