European qualifying examination
The European qualifying examination (EQE) tests candidates' knowledge and aptitude to represent applicants in EPO proceedings. Established in 1979, it is widely regarded as one of the most demanding professional examinations having been passed by more than 10 000 candidates already.
- All candidates must register
Notice from the Examination Secretariat - Deadline for compulsory registration prior to enrolment to Pre-examination 2019 - 2 April 2018
About the EQEThe European qualifying examination and its aims, syllabus, languages; passing the examination.
Compendium (past papers and examiners' reports)The compendium contains past examination papers in the three official languages, the markers' reports and examples of successful candidates' answers.
Admission and enrolmentInformation for prospective candidates about admission requirements, fees and how to enrol.
- 2019 enrolment
- Regulation on the European qualifying examination for professional representatives - Supplementary publication 2 - Official Journal EPO 2017 (PDF, 336 KB)
editable certificate of training and employment (PDF, 1.7 MB)
non-editable certificate of training and employment (PDF, 337 kB)
Amendment to Rules 2, 22 and 27 IPREE
Registration - amendment to Rule 28 IPREE
Additional time for the main examination
Examination Papers A and B - video interview and mock papers available
With effect from 2017, a single Paper A and a single Paper B will be set each year. As for current Paper C and the Pre-Examination, Papers A and B will be set in technical fields that are accessible to everyone. A video interview on Papers A and B and the mock papers are available here: Video, Paper A (examiner report) and Paper B (examiner report).
- Notice of 19 Februar 2018 from the Examination Secretariat - date of EQE 2019 (PDF, 45 KB)
Supervisory Board, Examination Board, Examination Committees and Examination Secretariat
- List of members, status as at 18.06.2018 (PDF, 72 KB)