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FAQ: Main changes to the Arrangements for deposit accounts and their annexes as from 1 December 2017

As from 1 December 2017, the EPO is only accepting debit orders filed in an electronically processable format. This means that debit orders are no longer valid and will not be carried out if filed on paper or in a non-accepted format.

This change, along with various others, was made as part of the revision of the Arrangements for deposit accounts (ADA) and their annexes, and announced in a notice from the EPO dated 27 September 2017, published in Supplementary publication 5, OJ EPO 2017. The present list of frequently asked questions is intended to provide additional information on the main changes resulting from the revision. This list of questions is meant to serve as general information, without prejudice to the competence of the departments entrusted with the procedure.