The black activation chip FAQs
1. I have opened a new pot of strips but cannot find the code chip. Why is the code chip missing?
We introduced a black chip (called the Black Activation Chip) to replace the white code chip in January 2012. Once the black activation chip is inserted in to the meter the patient does not have to replace the chip again – even if the next test strip box contains a coloured code chip or different code number. Once inserted, patients do not need to worry about changing code chips in the future.
As the black activation chip has been available for a year, we expect most patients to already have a chip permanently inserted in their meters. Roche has therefore now transitioned to pots of strips without code chips.
If your meter already has a Black Activation Chip inserted then you do not have to do anything. If you still have a white code chip please call the Accu-Chek Customer Careline on 0800 701 000 (UK) or 1 800 709 600 (Ireland) and we will send you a Black Activation Chip, which will never need to be replaced.
2. Why did I find a black code chip (activation chip) in my new vial of test strips instead of the usual white code chip?
The code chips that come with your test strips are changing from white to black. Once you receive a black code chip—which is called a black activation chip—insert it into the meter. You do not need to change the black activation chip again even if new test strip boxes contain different coloured code chips or different code numbers.
3. Does the process for inserting a black activation chip differ from the process for inserting a white code chip?
No. The process is exactly the same. The activation chip simply snaps into place just like the standard code chip used with Accu-Chek Aviva systems. You will no longer have to remember to insert a code chip each time you open a new vial of strips. You also don't need to match your test strip vial code number to your meter code number, which means fewer steps.
4. How does the black activation chip work?
The black activation chip permanently replaces the standard (white) code chip found in boxes of Accu-Chek Aviva test strips. After you replace your current white code chip with a black activation chip, you will never need to replace the code chip.
In other words, the black activation chip calibrates your meter for all Accu-Chek Aviva test strips that will be manufactured now and in the future.
5. My friend/family member already has an activation chip, but my last vial of test strips still had a white code chip. How and when can I get a black activation chip?
Within the next few weeks or months, you should also find a black activation chip inside a new box of Accu-Chek Aviva test strips instead of the standard white code chip. After you replace your current white code chip with a black activation chip, you will no longer need to change the code chip each time you open a new box of test strips. Instead, you can simply discard the code chip (or activation chip) you find with each new box of test strips you use.
Eventually, Accu-Chek Aviva test strips will no longer be packaged with any type of code chip.
6. How can I tell which test strips will contain an activation chip?
There isn’t a way to identify test strips that contain a black activation chip until the package is opened. The activation chip will be in the strip package, along with instructions for how to use it.
7. Will this change have any effect on the accuracy of my results?
No. Use of a black activation chip will have no impact on the accuracy of your blood glucose results.
8. Does using an activation chip change anything else about my test strips or my meter?
Only one thing changes: After you insert a black activation chip, your meter will no longer provide an automatic warning message telling you that your vial of test strips is going to expire or has expired. Test strips are still good until the expiration date on the vial; there is no need to calculate the expiration date.
Nothing else will change. For example, your meter will still perform all the usual safety checks, such as detecting if the test strip is damaged or has been exposed to high humidity.
9. Without an automatic strip expiration warning, how can I avoid testing with an expired strip?
As users of most other blood glucose test strips do, you can simply check the expiration date clearly printed on your current vial of Accu-Chek Aviva test strips. After this date, you should discard any remaining test strips and use a new vial of strips. This method is simpler than the one used by manufacturers of some other test strips, which require the user to calculate and write the expiration date on their vial.
You will not have to do that with your Accu-Chek Aviva test strips.
10. If the activation chip permanently codes all Accu-Chek Aviva meters, why is there a specific code number on the activation chip?
This code number designates two things: the type of meter you use (e.g., an Accu-Chek Aviva system), as well as the country in which you live.
11. What happens if I insert an activation chip into my meter and then travel to another country where I purchase test strips that include an activation chip with a code number different from my current activation chip?
Nothing. There is no risk of getting inaccurate results even if you use test strips purchased in a country where activation chips have a different code number.
12. What happens if I insert a black activation chip into my meter but then purchase strips that still have a white code chip—and that show a different code on the vial? Can I still use those strips?
Yes. There is no risk of getting inaccurate results if you have a black activation chip inserted in your meter and you test with strips that come with a standard white code chip. There is also no risk if you remove your activation chip and reinsert a white code chip. But now you won’t have to do that. Once you insert an activation chip, you can leave it in place for as long as you own and use your current meter.
13. Will this change affect the price of Accu-Chek Aviva test strips?
No. Incorporating activation chip technology into your meter will not change test strip costs.
14. Does the process for performing a blood glucose test—or a control test—change after an activation chip is inserted?
No. These processes do not change.
15. Why do some Accu-Chek meters continue to require a code chip such as the activation chip while other blood glucose meters do not?
Because Accu-Chek Aviva systems were developed with the potential to upgrade the meter via the code chip; however, we recognised that ease of use was something more highly valued by our customers and which the activation chip provides.
16. What happens if I lose or throw away my black activation chip when they are no longer included with the test strips?
You can call the Accu-Chek Customer Careline 0800 701 000 (UK), 1 800 709 600 (Ireland) to get a replacement activation chip.
17. Where can I get more information?
You can check the package insert inside boxes of Accu-Chek Aviva test strips that include a black activation chip. Alternatively you can call the Accu-Chek Customer Careline at 0800 701 000 (UK), 1 800 709 600 (Ireland).