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 7000 candidates already.
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.
- 2018 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, 1.6 MB)
non-editable certificate of training and employment (PDF, 102 kB)
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 17 November 2016 from the Examination Secretariat - dates of EQE 2017 and 2018 (PDF, 33 kB)
Supervisory Board, Examination Board, Examination Committees and Examination Secretariat
- List of members, status as at 01.02.2017 (PDF, 58 kB)