Practical Tools

In accordance with its overall aim of supporting Member States in achieving common standards and high-quality processes within the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), EASO develops common practical tools and guidance.

You can find an overview of available tools and guidance here.

Access to the asylum procedure

Examination of the application for international protection

Quality assurance in the asylum procedure

  • EASO Quality Assurance Tool: Examining the application for international protection [ENNEW 
    • Assessment Form: Personal Interview [ENNEW
    • Assessment Form: First-instance Decision [ENNEW

Practical tools for country of origin information research

  • Tools and tips for online COI research (EASO Practical Guide Series) [EN]
  • EASO Practical Guide: Researching the situation of lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons (LGB) in countries of origin [BG] [DE] [EL] [EN] [ES] [FR] [IT] [PL] [PT] [RO]


  • EASO Guidance on reception conditions: operational standards and indicators [BG] [CS] [DA] [DE] [EL] [EN] [ES] [ET] [FI] [FR] [HR] [HU] [IT] [LT] [LV] [MT] [NL] [PL] [PT] [RO] [SK] [SL] [SV]
  • EASO guidance on contingency planning in the context of reception [ENNEW

Applicants with special needs

  • EASO Tool for Identification of Persons with Special Needs (IPSN) [EN]
  • EASO Age assessment practice in Europe [BG] [DE] [EN] [EL] [ES] [FR] [IT]
  • EASO practical guide on family tracing [DE] [EN] [ES] [FR] [IT]  
  • EASO Practical Guide on age assessment [ENNEW

Watch EASO video on Identification of Persons with Special Needs (IPSN)