Coronavirus – Important information

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Please note that, until further notice, the latest information given about COVID-19 will be updated primarily in English. The other language versions will be added gradually.

NEW – updated 23/10/2020:

EPSO continues to monitor closely the evolution of the coronavirus COVID-19. Due to the unpredictability of the situation, EPSO is still following all appropriate precautionary measures in line with the instructions and guidelines provided by the EU institutions and national authorities. In the meantime, if you are a candidate participating in an ongoing selection procedure, please check your EPSO account and the EPSO website on a regular basis. You can also send us your questions as usual via the online contact form.

Please rest assured that EPSO will add more information as it becomes available.

 

Computer-based tests:

EPSO computer-based testing for different selection procedures is ongoing, in collaboration with its contractor Prometric. This takes into account the different rules in place in the Member States and third countries but also the differing re-opening times, social distancing and hygiene measures.

All guidelines and instructions about safety procedures at Prometric test centres are available here. It is essential to read them carefully before booking an appointment and to check the instructions again before travelling for the test.
As indicated in the guidelines, candidates must bring and wear a mask during the entirety of the time at the test centre. Both medical masks and cloth face coverings are acceptable. Masks with exhale/one-way valves are prohibited at the testing center, due to the lack of viral particle filtration provided by these masks.

Candidates coming to the test centre without a mask will not be allowed to sit their test and will not be eligible for rescheduling.

Candidates should bear in mind that in the circumstances additional measures may be implemented at the test centres - for instance, candidates may be required to have their temperature measured by an electronic contactless thermometer by the test centre staff.

 

Assessment Centre tests in Brussels and Luxembourg:

At the outset of the Covid-19 outbreak in March, EPSO had to suspend all its Assessment Centre activities in Brussels and in Luxembourg. The current circumstances still indicate that it will not be possible to organise the tests with the physical presence of candidates in EPSO premises in the near future and EPSO therefore decided to organise the Assessment Centre tests in an online (remote) format instead.

What is remote testing?

Remote testing means that candidates sit for the tests at home, office etc. and do not need to travel to an EPSO location. Such testing takes place via a videoconferencing tool. All technical details are provided upfront, including the possibility to test the connection before the actual assessment day.

Competition EPSO/AST-SC/08/19 and EPSO/AST-SC/09/19:

Candidates participating in competition EPSO/AST-SC/08/19 are now requested to take the computer-based MCQ tests between 11 and 24 November 2020 in the Prometric test centres worldwide. (These tests were initially planned to take place at the physical Assessment Centre in Brussels or Luxembourg).The other Assessment Centre tests will not start before January 2021.

The tests for competition EPSO/AST-SC/09/19 will not start before January 2021.

Competitions EPSO/AD/372/19, EPSO/AD/373/19 and EPSO/AD/365-370/19:

As already announced, the Assessment Centre tests initially planned to take place in Brussels or Luxembourg will now be delivered in remote format. The Group Exercise will be cancelled and replaced by a remote Situational Competency based Interview (SCBI), which is better suited to an online testing format.

The Assessment Centre tests of competitions EPSO/AD/372/19, EPSO/AD/373/19 and EPSO/AD/365-70/19 will not start before January 2021.

Candidates participating in competitions EPSO/AD/365-70/19 are now requested to take the computer-based MCQ tests in the Prometric test centres worldwide between 11 and 24 November 2020.

Competition EPSO/AD/374/19:

Those candidates who could not attend the Assessment Centre in Brussels or Luxembourg before 6 March 2020, will now take their tests remotely. The Group Exercise will be replaced by a Situational Competency based Interview (SCBI).

All Assessment Centre tests in Brussels or Luxembourg undertaken by candidates before 6 March 2020 are relevant and the scores are maintained. However, the Group Exercise will be cancelled and replaced by a remote Situational Competency based Interview (SCBI), which is better suited to an online testing format. Candidates who were assessed in the Group Exercise before 6 March 2020 will be contacted by EPSO to participate in an SCBI instead.  

Assessment Centre day

It is foreseen that remote (online) Assessment Centres will resume from November 2020. EPSO will inform candidates of all details, logistics and technical requirements at least two weeks in advance via their EPSO account.

Candidates who attended the Assessment Centre in Brussels or Luxembourg before 6 March 2020 will receive an invitation for the remote Situational Competency based Interview (SCBI) at least two weeks in advance.

Candidates who could not attend the Assessment Centre in Brussels or Luxembourg before 6 March 2020, will receive a new invitation to the remote assessment centre tests (including the SCBI) in November 2020. Candidates who have already received an invitation for an Assessment Centre in Brussels are kindly requested to ignore it.

Candidates participating in competition EPSO/AD/374/19 who could not attend the Assessment Centre in Brussels or Luxembourg before 6 March 2020 are now requested to take the computer-based MCQ in the Prometric test centres worldwide between 11 and 24 November 2020. (These tests were initially planned to take place at the physical Assessment Centre).

Detailed information and further instructions will be published shortly on the EPSO web site and in the candidates’ EPSO accounts.

The timelines of the different ongoing competitions’ pages are revised and amended systematically according to new planning dates.

In the meantime, please check your EPSO account regularly for updates.

 

Selection procedure CAST/P (CAST Permanent):

If you have been invited to a test in October, but could not book and/or sit for the test due to the reasons related to Covid-19, please note that you will be invited again to the tests in November unless you contact EPSO and clearly state that you do not wish to be re-invited. Please note that EPSO will re-invite those candidates who had renewed their interest in the relevant profile by midnight 21 October 2020 only. Once you make sure your interest was renewed, you do not need to contact EPSO individually or take any other action. At the end of October, you will receive an invitation via your EPSO account.

The re-invitation to a future test is a measure that EPSO has taken to mitigate the effect of Covid-19 pandemic on the candidates, and to ensure equal opportunities to the extent possible in the current circumstances.

Please be aware that the selection/recruitment procedure for a position for which you had been pre-selected may not have been suspended. EPSO and the recruiting services cannot be held responsible if you are not contacted despite succeeding in the tests for which you had been invited as a result of this measure.

The indicative dates for the next testing periods are published on the web pages of the different CAST/P profiles.’

 

New competitions and selection procedures:

EPSO updates its indicative planning for new competitions regularly on its website.  Now more than ever, we are looking forward to selecting committed and dedicated future colleagues to shape Europe together in these challenging times.

 

Please continue to take care of your own well-being, and that of your families and friends.