New European qualifying examination (EQE) progressively starting in 2025

On 14 December 2023, the Administrative Council of the EPO approved the new « Regulation on the European qualifying examination for professional representatives before the European Patent Office » (REE) regulating the new format of EQE (CA/87/23), adapted for the online environment. The new REE will enter into force on 1 January 2025 and replace the Regulation of 2009. The corresponding Implementing Provisions (IPREE) are expected to become available in early 2024.

In compliance with the new REE, the new EQE examination papers will be progressively introduced starting in2025. In 2027, the new EQE will fully be implemented and pre-examination and papers A, B, C and D will no longer exist.

Detailed information about the new EQE is available on the dedicated page of our website.