Testing automatic banknote handling machines

Machines that automatically accept, count or sort banknotes are tested to ensure they meet a minimum standard for authenticity checking, which is set by us.


The machine testing framework enables manufacturers to test their machines with counterfeit banknotes to ensure that they only accept genuine banknotes. The framework also supports the Code of Conduct for Local Recycling, which ensure that ATMs and self-service checkouts only dispense notes that have been authenticated to our standards.

PDF Voluntary machine testing framework

Businesses may use this listing to make informed choices about the equipment that they operate. 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 operator of a machine you can check you are using a current listed software and/or firmware version.

We test example models, and not every machine manufactured. Please be aware of the limitations of our testing (as set out in section 9 of the framework), and also contact us if a manufacturer or model of machine is not listed.

Excel Details of the machines that pass the tests

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For further information, or to apply to take part in the framework, email cash.machinetesting@bankofengland.co.uk.

This page was last updated 22 November 2018
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