The following pages provide information on banknote and coin recycling. Here you can find out more about the systems approved for professional cash processing.
The “Legal framework” section gives a concise overview of European and national legislation. Clicking on the links will take you directly to the relevant legislative texts.
Professional cash handlers (which include credit institutions and cash-in-transit companies) are legally required to check the authenticity and fitness for circulation of cash before recycling it.
Pursuant to Decision ECB/2010/14 of the European Central Bank on banknotes and Regulation (EU) No 1210/2010 on coins, the following rules apply where cash recycling is concerned:
Recycling of banknotes via customer-operated machines
Banknotes must first be checked for authenticity and fitness for circulation using a banknote processing system listed on the ECB’s website.
Recycling of banknotes and coins over the counter
Cash that has been checked for authenticity and fitness by trained employees and/or appropriately certified devices may be paid out again over the counter.
What is covered
Regulation (EC) No 1338/2001
Decision ECB/2010/14amended by ECB/2012/19 and ECB/2019/39
Regulation (EU) No 1210/2010
Obligation to check euro coins for authenticity and fitness prior to recirculation
Bundesbank Act (Gesetz über die Deutsche Bundesbank)
Regulation on the auditing of cash (Bargeldprüfungsverordnung)