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.
Obligatory Registration for Candidates
All candidates must
register now. More information can be found here.
The European qualifying examination and its aims, syllabus, languages; passing the examination.
The compendium contains past examination papers in the three official languages, the markers' reports and examples of successful candidates' answers.
Information for prospective candidates about admission requirements, fees and how to enrol.
Statistics on EQE results since 2002.
Find a professional representative who has passed the EQE.
Registration - amendment to Rule 28 IPREE
Decision of the Supervisory Board of 13 February 2017 (PDF, 39 kB)
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).
Supervisory Board, Examination Board, Examination Committees and Examination Secretariat