European qualifiying examination

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European qualifying examination

Please be informed that enrolment to the main examination 2021, which was due to start on 1 April 2020, has been postponed until 4 May 2020.  

EQE 16-19 March 2020 - CANCELLED

In response to the latest developments regarding the spread of the COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) and in line with the precautionary measures taken by the EPO, the Supervisory Board of the European qualifying examination has decided to cancel the EQE (pre-examination and main examination papers).

The Supervisory Board is currently assessing whether the examination can be rescheduled to a later date in 2020. This may however take some time due to the complexity of the logistics.

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EQE: Practical information for candidates

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 10 000 candidates already.


myEQE is your personal EQE account where you can register and enrol for the EQE and access important documents.

About the EQE

The European qualifying examination and its aims, syllabus, languages; passing the examination.

Admission and enrolment

Information for prospective candidates about admission requirements, fees and how to enrol.

Notices and downloads

Notices of the Examination Board, examination dates, Board members, Examination Committtees


The compendium contains past examination papers in the three official languages, the markers' reports and examples of successful candidates' answers.

Results and statistics

Statistics on EQE results since 2002.

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