4.2.3
Debiting the deposit account 

The debit order must be clear, unambiguous and unconditional. It must contain particulars necessary to identify the purpose of the payment, including the amount of each fee or expense concerned, and must indicate the number of the account which is to be debited. The Boards of Appeal have decided that a debit order must be carried out notwithstanding incorrect information given in it if the intention of the person giving the order is clear (see T 152/82). Debiting occurs in principle on the basis of a written debit order signed by the account holder. The various ways in which a debit order may be filed, including online and fax filing, are given in point 6.2 ADA. No paper confirmation of a debit order should be sent. Regarding the order of priority for processing debit orders, see the Decision of the President dated 3 February 2016, OJ EPO 2016, A14. For payment orders submitted by means of EPO Online Filing or Online Fee Payment, the deposit account holder may however specify that a payment order is to be executed at a later date than the submission date. In that case, the payment date is deemed to be the execution date specified. Payment orders may be executed up to 40 days after the submission date.

Points 6.2, 6.3 and Point 7 ADA

For a notice of revocation of the debit order to be effective, it must be received by the EPO no later than the date on which the debit order is received. This also applies in case of a deferred payment date, irrespective of the execution date specified. 

Point 7 ADA

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