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The dates and the times of each examination paper can be found under Notices

Compulsory registration

Enrolment to the pre-examination will only be open for candidates who have registered at the latest by 15 January of the year in which they intend to enrol for the pre-examination. See OJ EPO 2018, A99.

All information can be found at registration as candidate.

Enrolment periods

1. Pre-examination 2020

Candidates may enrol as from 1 February 2019. Applications must be submitted no later than 30 April 2019 via the web portal. For a first time enrolment to the pre-examination candidates must have registered at the latest by 15 January 2019. Candidates who have previously been admitted to the pre-examination are already registered.

2. Main examination 2020 (Papers A, B, C and D)

Candidates may enrol as from 1 April 2019. Applications must be submitted no later than 12 August 2019 via the web portal.


Please note that the fees relating to the EQE may only be paid by credit card or bank transfer. Candidates are strongly recommended to use a credit card as their method of payment as this will ensure swift payment. If the prescribed fees are not validly paid, the application for enrolment will be deemed not to have been filed. Candidates are reminded of the strict application of the closing dates for enrolment. Articles 121 and 122 EPC do not apply. As bank transfers are prone to delays they are therefore not recommended as payment method shortly before the relevant deadline. Fees may not be paid by debiting an EPO deposit account.

Certain candidates can request a fee subsidy (eligibility criteria apply). 

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