The European Patent Office shall act as an International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority within the meaning of the PCT, in accordance with an agreement between the Organisation and the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization, for applicants who are residents or nationals of a State party to this Convention. This agreement may provide that the European Patent Office shall also act for other applicants.
See Agreement between the EPO and the International Bureau of WIPO under the PCT dated 18/24.10.2007 as amended with effect from 01.07.2010 (OJ EPO 2010, 304, last amendments see OJ EPO 2014, A117 and OJ EPO 2016, A30).
See the notice from the EPO concerning the carrying out of Supplementary International Searches under the PCT (OJ EPO 2010, 316 and OJ EPO 2014, A117, pt. 3).
See the notice from the EPO concerning the processing by the EPO as ISA of informal comments on earlier search results ("PCT Direct"), OJ EPO 2015, A51.