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European qualifying examination (EQE)

Information about the European qualifying examination available here.


Compulsory registration

Enrolment to the pre-examination will only be open for candidates who have registered at the latest by 15 January of the year in which they intend to enrol for the pre-examination.

See notice of the Examination Secretariat.


Enrolment periods

1. Pre-examination 1 March 2021

Candidates may enrol as from 3 February 2020. Applications must be submitted no later than 11 May 2020 via the EPO web portal. For a first time enrolment to the pre-examination candidates must have registered at the latest by 15 January 2020. Candidates who have previously been admitted to the pre-examination are already registered.

2. Main examination 2 to 4 March 2021 (Papers A, B, C and D)

Please be informed that enrolment to the main examination 2021, which was due to start on 1 April 2020, has been postponed until 4 May 2020.  

Candidates may enrol as from 1 April 2020. Applications must be submitted no later than 17 August 2020 via the web portal.

For more details, for example on payment of fees, withdrawal, enrolment process, required period of professional activity (patent attorney trainees; EPO examiners), choice of papers, fees and fee subsidies, examination centers, etc , refer to OJ 2019, A98 and to the EQE website.


Supervisory Board

Examination Board


Examination Dates

Notice of 19 April 2021 dates for the EQE 2022 (PDF, 72 KB)


Supervisory Board, Examination Board, Examination Committees and Examination Secretariat 

List of members (PDF, 114 KB)  

Examination Committees


If you have questions about the EQE or the Regulation on the EQE, please get in touch with the Examination Secretariat of the European Patent Office

Email: eqe@epo.org
Tel.: +49 89 23 99 51 55