Framework for the Testing of Automated Banknote Handling Machines
This page is intended as a reference, for manufacturers of Automated Cash Handling Machines and their customers. Such machines accept, count, dispense, recycle or sort banknotes and may have a facility to retain suspect notes.. The Scottish and Northern Ireland (S&NI) Banks have introduced a voluntary framework to test machines these machines on a regular basis. In the future the S&NI Banks may introduce additional tests to check their capability to sort according to a fitness level if relevant to this specific machine type.
Details of machines that pass these tests will be published here from September 2017 and from then on an on-going monthly basis. The presence of machines on this list does not imply that these machines are designated ‘Polymer Banknote’ ready. Please seek advice from the manufacturer separately
The framework document governing the testing regime for S&NI banknotes is published below. Businesses should be particularly aware of the limitations of testing with respect to the equipment that they own and use which is described in Section 8, Disclaimer.
Manufacturers are able to participate in this initiative at any time.
For further information or to begin the application process please e-mail: Info@ACBI.org.uk
Customer-Operated Cash-Dispensing Machines
The Code of Conduct for the Authentication of Machine Dispensed Banknotes (the ‘Code’) was first published in July 2013 by UK Payments and is being revised to extend scope to cover S&NI banknotes. The Code requires business owners and operators of customer-operated cash-dispensing machines (e.g. ATMs and self-service checkouts) to fill them with banknotes that have been authenticity checked using a machine that has been listed as passing the tests under this Framework. More information about this and the Code can be found on the Code of Conduct for Machine Dispensed Banknotes page and at the Cash Services website
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why are the S&NI Banks introducing a framework?
The framework is one strand in our efforts to maintain a high level of confidence in S&NI banknotes. The S&NI Banks would like companies that own or use equipment to be able to make informed choices about the equipment they use. The S&NI Banks would also like manufacturers to be made more aware of counterfeit notes in the market place on a regular formal basis so that they can improve their machines if required. Finally, the S&NI Banks would like to verify the capability of machines used for localised sorting and recycling.
2. What about other devices such as pens, UV lamps and such like?
These devices rely on the user to make a decision about whether the S&NI Banknotes are genuine or suspect. The framework is intended for automated machines that extract notes for further examination. UV Lamps and Pens should only be used to confirm decisions made after sight, feel, touch and comparison to published security features have been employed. The S&NI Banks issue advice about pens, UV lamps through the ACBI.
3. Why is my manufacturer not listed?
Please check with your manufacturer first. It may be that the tests have yet to take place.
4. Are all machines tested before being sold?
One machine of each type will be tested and verified with those settings then rolled out.
5. How do I check that my machine has the latest software update?
Please check with your manufacturer or their appointed agent on how to do this.
6. Why do I need to check that my machine has the latest software update?
Manufacturers often update the software in their machines if banknote designs change, or if a new counterfeit note has appeared which requires them to make amendments to their software. For best protection you should ensure that the machine you are using is the latest recommended by the manufacturer.
7. My manufacturer does not support my old machines, what do I do?
The framework is partly intended to enable users to make informed choices about the machines they use in their businesses. To ensure continued protection, it may be that you need to change the equipment that you use.
8. I am an importer/distributor of machines, how do I get these tested?
You should ask the manufacturer to contact us directly.
10. Does the framework apply to the Euro in the UK ?
No. Please go the ECB web site for more information. www.ecb.int on the Euro testing framework.
11. Why do you not certify all machines?
The S&NI Banks can only test example models of machines brought to us by manufacturers. Certification in itself does not imply a guarantee that a machine in use will always perform as the tested example. The S&NI Banks do not have any control over the way that machines in use are set up or serviced, and therefore we could not certify that all machines in use will always perform as the tested example.
12. Can I stick one of the S&NI Banks logo on my machine if it passes the test ?
No, but manufacturers can refer to the framework and the test results in their literature or the ACBI website.