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Frequently Asked Questions

The Accu-Chek Active meter detects the color change in the test pad area. If the test pad is checked too early, the glucose reaction may not yet be finished. If it is done too late, the color may have already changed due to drying.

The stored values will be kept in the meter at all times: they cannot get lost when changing the battery. If the battery change is done according to the user instructions (empty battery stays in the meter until new battery is available to be inserted) the time and date settings remain stored in the meter as well.

When the result is shown, you can use 4 different flags by pressing the M or S button. Options are:

  • Before meal
  • Control solution
  • After meal
  • General

The meter detects if not enough blood has been applied. If the amount of blood you applied is insufficient, after a few seconds an acoustic warning in the form of 3 beeps sounds. You can then apply an additional amount of blood.

It is not possible to delete stored results.

Yes, it is possible to test with all types of blood (capillary, venous, arterial, and neonatal).

Yes, it is possible. 

Yes, it is possible to use the new test strip with all Accu-Chek Active meter generations.

The meters are identical. The only difference is that the new meters will have no code chip slot anymore.

No. The customers should NOT USE orange test strips with the ‘no coding’ meter. 

As users currently do with most other types of blood glucose test strips on the market, they can simply check the expiration date clearly printed on their vial of the Accu-Chek Active test strips. After this date, any remaining test strips should be discarded and patients should use a new vial of test strips. This method is simpler than some other competitive strips, which still require the user to calculate and write their expiration date on their vial. Users should never test with expired test strips.

No. The test strip expiry warning will not exist on the new ‘no coding’ meter because the expiry date was delivered on the code chip. As the new meters will have no code chip anymore the expiry warning information will not be provided.

Only one thing: after inserting the black activation chip, the ‘Accu-Chek Active meter will no longer provide an automatic warning message telling that the test strips has expired.

No. The use of the black activation chip will have no impact on the accuracy of the blood glucose results. 

This is a software function which was programmed. It is not possible to change this software function – that’s why the meter still says code 333 when it is turned on.

Yes, any customers using the previous generation will need to keep the black activation chip in their meter. Once the black activation chip is in the meter, the customers do not need to remove it. 

The black activation chip will be in the vial along with instructions informing customers of the change. The test strip vials containing a black activation chip will have a new material number. The new meters will also have a new material number. 

The black activation chip permanently replaces the standard (green) code chip found in boxes of the Accu-Chek Active test strips. This black activation chip calibrates the already existing meters for all Accu-Chek Active test strips that will be manufactured now and in the future. With this black activation chip it is possible to upgrade existing meters to ‘no coding’ meters.

The code chip that comes with the test strips is changing from green to black. The customers receiving this so-called “activation” chip must insert it into their existing meters. There is never the need to change the black activation chip again even if new test strip vials contain different colored code chips or different code numbers. 

Accu-Chek Active

Item Description

The Accu-Chek Active blood glucose meter packs many powerful features into a smaller size. No coding reduces handling steps,  see test result averages up to 90 days, get alerts if your test strips are expired or if you’ve underdosed, re-dose within 10 seconds, set pre-and post-meal reminders to test, and more.

Product Manuals


97.8 x 46.8 x 19.1mm




Results in 5 seconds


500 test results

Benefits and Features


  • Accurate1 blood glucose measurement


  • No coding for even easier blood glucose monitoring
  • easy-to-read display  (new typeface)
  • intuitive handling with just 2 buttons


  • Underdose detection
  • visual double check
  • 10 seconds re-dose option


  • Pre- and postmeal markers
  • postprandial reminder
  • 7,14,30 or now 90 day test averages
  • USB interface for data transfer


Previous Accu-Chek Active meter generations will be upgraded to no coding via black activation chip . Know more>>

1The Accu-Chek Active bGM system meets the DIN EN ISO 15197:2013 requirements (data on file, 2014).

Additional specifications
Meter type :

Accu-Chek Active meter (Model GB)

Catalogue no. / Serial no. :

See type plate on the back of the meter

Test principle :

Determination of glucose in fresh capillary blood by reflectance photometry.

Blood glucose values can be tested in whole blood or plasma.

The meter displays blood glucose values corresponding to those in plasma.

Measuring interval :

10-600 mg/dL

Blood volume :

1-2 μl

Measuring time :

Test strip in the meter: approx. 5 seconds

Test strip outside the meter: approx. 08 seconds

Power supply :

1 battery (type CR2032)

Battery life :

approx. 1000 tests or approx. 1 year

Automatic power-off :

after 30 or 90 seconds depending on operating status

Memory :

500 test results with time and date, as well as 7, 14, 30 and 90 days averages

Temperature :

During testing: +8 to +42°C

During storage without battery: -25 to +70°C

During storage with battery: -20 to +50°C

Atmospheric humidity :

During testing: up to 85% relative humidity

During testing: up to 93% relative humidity


Sea level to 4000 m

Dimensions :

97.8 x 46.8 x 19.1 mm

Weight :

Without battery: approx. 46 g

With battery: approx. 50 g

Display :

96-segment liquid crystal display (LCD)

Interface :

USB (Micro B)

Safety class :


Electromagnetic compatibility :

The Accu-Chek Active meter meets the electromagnetic immunity requirements and the electromagnetic emissions requirements as per EN 61326-2-6 and EN ISO 15197 Annex A.

The chosen basis for electrostatic discharge immunity testing was basic standard IEC 61000-4-2.

Performance analysis :

Calibration and traceability: The performance data for the Accu-Chek Active bGM system was calibrated using venous blood containing various glucose concentrations. Reference values are obtained using the hexokinase method, which is calibrated using the ID-GCMS method.

Accuracy performance :

The Accu-Chek Active bGM system meets the DIN EN ISO 15197:2013 requirements (data on file, 2014).

How to use Accu-Chek Active blood glucose meter

Testing your blood glucose is an essential part of managing diabetes. The Accu-Chek Active blood glucose meter can help to make it convenient by giving you fast, hassle-free, and accurate results in 4 simple steps.

  • Insert the glucose test strip
  • Prick your finger with the lancet to draw out a blood drop.
  • Carefully touch the blood drop onto the green field of the test strip.
  • Read the blood glucose result.