l’Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ), France’s unified gaming regulating agency, has formed a working agreement with OFDT, the French ‘Observatory for Drugs and Drug Addiction,’ to dramatically boost its study and knowledge of gambling addiction and disorders.
The two organisations will collaborate on projects that look into the “complex phenomenon of gambling addiction” and how to extend gambling disorder treatment across France’s public health networks.
OFDT’s opinion, according to ANJ President Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, would be critical in determining how the agency will oversee French gaming, which must be maintained in a sustainable viewpoint and as a recreational pastime.
Research and policy areas
Falque-Pierrotin and his counterpart Julien Morel D’Arleux, President of the OFDT, have agreed to cooperate on a three-year agreement that will focus on the following research and policy areas:
- Devise and implement a French gambling disorders R&D network, which will be funded by 0.002% of stakes generated by all ANJ licensed incumbents – ‘financing of scientific studies on gambling and gambling addictions’.
- Co-share expertise with regards to governing the high-risk elements of gambling, its products and business services in order to maintain gambling as a recreational pursuit.
- Establish joint projects evaluating the ADHD and further phycological factors of gambling disorders, to provide vital knowledge resources for stakeholders working in academia, public policy, policing, criminality and public health.
The ANJ had announced a framework agreement for a scientific research partner in its ‘Action Plan,’ describing the agency’s regulatory objectives for 2021-to-2022, serving a new regulatory unit for French gaming, prior to forging its working arrangement with OFDT.
In a statement, ANJ detailed: “The ANJ may, as necessary, involve the OFDT in its work and, in particular, invite it to participate in the work of the advisory committee on the prevention of excessive gambling. It may also be invited to the work of the scientific college of the OFDT on subjects concerning gambling and the addiction phenomena they produce.”