If the missing part(s) or element(s) was (were) indeed completely contained in the priority document, the examiner will treat the file as having the filing date accorded by the RO. The examiner will proceed in the same way where he cannot check whether the missing part(s) or element(s) was (were) indeed completely contained in the priority document because, at the time he conducts the search or the preliminary examination, the priority document(s) or any other document needed (i.e. the subsequently filed sheet(s) embodying the missing part(s)/element(s) or the translation of the priority document) is (are) not available to the ISA or IPEA. If the documents needed for the check are not available, this will be indicated in the WO-ISA/IPER, in Section I of the separate sheet.
If the missing part(s) or element(s) was (were) not completely contained in the priority document, the decision on the filing date made by the RO is still valid for the international phase. However, the examiner will indicate in the WO-ISA/IPER in Section I of the separate sheet that there are doubts as to whether the missing part(s) or element(s) was (were) actually completely contained in the priority document. The search report and the WO-ISA or the IPER, as applicable, will also include documents which would be relevant if the application were to be redated (see GL/PCT-EPO B‑III, 2.3.3).
A review of the decision by the RO can only take place in the regional phase (Rule 82ter.1(b)).
After entry into the regional phase before the EPO (Euro-PCT phase) the applicant can withdraw the later filed parts, in order to avoid the redating of the application. In this case, it should be noted that amendments which are acceptable under the less strict criterion of Art. 123(2) EPC can always be filed during the Euro-PCT phase.