Payment methods
All fees which are to be paid to the EPO must be paid in euros by payment or transfer to a bank account held by the EPO. For persons having a deposit account with the EPO payment may be made by debit order. As from 1 December 2017, the EPO has moved to "online-only" management of users’ deposit accounts. This means that as from that date, all debit orders must be filed in an electronically processable format (XML) using one of the accepted electronic means of filing. A debit order can also be submitted in electronic form via the EPO's Online Fee Payment portal. Automatic debiting has been available for any fee payments to the EPO as receiving Office, ISA and IPEA since 1 April 2015. Payment of fees by credit card became possible on 1 December 2017. Payment by cheque was abolished by the EPO in 2008. Every issue of the Official Journal provides guidance for the payment of fees.
The date to be considered as the date on which a payment is made is established in accordance with the EPO's Rules relating to Fees.

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