Testing automatic banknote handling machines

We set authentication standards for machines that automatically accept, count or sort banknotes.

Overview

Our machine-testing framework enables manufacturers to test their machines with counterfeit banknotes to ensure they only accept genuine banknotes.

The framework supports the code of conduct for local recycling, which ensures ATMs and self-service checkouts only dispense genuine notes.

Our new standard

We introduced a new, higher standard for machines in July 2019.

Manufacturers need to transition to this if they want to remain part of our framework. We set out details of our new framework and the action manufacturers need to take in the document below.

PDF Framework for testing automatic banknote handling machines

Machines and software that meet our standard

Every month, we publish an updated list of models and software versions that meet our standards. Businesses can use it to informed choices about the equipment they use.

Manufacturers often update the software in their machines for a new banknote design or to make authentication improvements. If you are a business owner or operate a machine, you can check you are using the correct version of software or firmware.

We test a sample model only and not every machine that is manufactured. Please be aware of the limits of our testing (these are set out in section 9 of our framework). 

If we have not listed a manufacturer or model you are aware of, please contact us at cash.machinetesting@bankofengland.co.uk.

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This page was last updated 18 July 2019
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