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4.3 Supplementary European searches

An international (PCT) application for which the EPO acts as designated Office or elected Office and which has been accorded an international date of filing is deemed to be a European patent application. Where an international (PCT) search report is already available, this will take the place of the European search report. The Search Division will draw up a supplementary European search report or a declaration replacing it according to Rule 63 unless provided otherwise in decisions of the Administrative Council.

However, the Administrative Council decides under what conditions and to what extent the supplementary European search report is to be dispensed with (see OJ EPO 2012, 212 and 219).