the availability referred to in Rule 33 shall be effected only by the issue of a sample to an independent expert nominated by the requester.
The nomination shall be accompanied by a declaration from the expert that he undertakes to comply with the aforementioned requirements and obligations and that he knows of no circumstances which might give rise to justified doubts as to his independence or which might conflict in any other way with his function as expert.
The nomination shall also be accompanied by a declaration from the expert vis-à-vis the applicant in which he enters into the undertaking given under Rule 33 until either the date on which the patent expires in all the designated States or, where the application is refused, withdrawn or deemed to be withdrawn, the date referred to in paragraph 1(b), the requester being regarded as a third party.
46See decision of the President of the EPO of 10.07.2017 concerning the requirements and obligations for experts nominated under Rule 32 EPC (OJ EPO 2017, A60).
See notice from the EPO of 07.07.2010 concerning inventions which involve the use of or concern biological material (OJ EPO 2010, 498) and notice from the EPO of 10.07.2017 concerning amended Rules 32 EPC and Rule 33 EPC (OJ EPO 2017, A61).