DMG Media first to be Gold Standard certified in Ireland


IAB Ireland press release

Friday 21st May 2021

IAB Ireland today announced that DMG Media Ireland is the first member company to become Gold Standard certified in Ireland

DMG Media Ireland is the first IAB Ireland member company to achieve IAB Gold Standard certification for their portfolio of digital brands,, EVOKE, MailOnline, and

The Gold Standard, which was developed by IAB UK, was adopted by IAB Ireland in February 2021. This set of digital advertising standards is recognised globally as a powerful initiative, which has evolved to keep pace with a fast changing industry and continues to adapt to help drive a healthy, sustainable digital advertising ecosystem.

The Gold Standard has four main aims:

  • To uphold brand safety
  • To tackle ad fraud
  • to improve the digital advertising experience and
  • to help compliance with the GDPR and ePrivacy law

In order to be Gold Standard certified, companies have to meet the compliance criteria relevant for their company type which include TAG (Trustworthy Accountability Group) Brand Safety certification, as well as providing detailed proofs of compliance across the other 3 IAB standards. IAB Ireland member companies have 6 months from registration to become Gold Standard certified.

DMG Media Ireland is the first IAB Ireland member company to achieve certification.  Core, Dentsu Ireland, Facebook Ireland, Google, Group M Ireland, Havas Media Ireland, IPG Mediabrands Ireland, News Ireland, Mediahuis Ireland, OMG Ireland, Packed House, Quantcast, Reach plc, The Irish Times Group and Verizon are also Gold Standard registered and working to certification.

Suzanne McElligott, CEO, IAB Ireland said, “We are delighted to announce that DMG Media Ireland is our first member to become Gold Standard certified in Ireland. The Gold Standard demonstrates the commitment of IAB Ireland members to making the digital advertising experience better for everyone. Open to a wide-range of companies, the Gold Standard is an easy way for buyers and sellers to demonstrate their commitment to the industry and join our mission of building a sustainable future for digital advertising. I encourage all of our members to commit to the IAB Gold Standard and to work with us to fight ad fraud, maximise brand safety, improve users’ experience and protect users’ privacy”.

Doug Farrell Group Head of Digital Strategy, DMG Media said “The IAB Gold Standard represents a currency of trust in a world where brand safety and advertising accountability has come increasingly under the spotlight. At DMG Media we are delighted to have completed the certification process. This will ensure our growing network of digital brands not only engage and resonate with Irish users but offer a trusted and verified platform for agencies and brands alike”.

More information on the Gold Standard in Ireland is available at