Eurosystem test procedure

Eurosystem test procedures for banknote processing systems

In accordance with the provisions stipulated in the ECB Decision on banknote recycling, euro banknotes may only be re-issued via ATMs and other customer-operated systems if they are checked beforehand for authenticity and fitness for circulation using a banknote processing system which has been successfully tested by the Bundesbank or another Eurosystem national central bank.

In order to allow manufacturers of banknote processing systems to be added to the list of systems that are approved for the recycling of euro banknotes, the Eurosystem national central banks provide system manufacturers with the opportunity to undergo system tests, which are performed on the basis of a common test procedure.

A list of those banknote processing systems which have been successfully tested is published on the website of the European Central Bank (ECB).