During your PhD, you will be subjected to an intermediate evaluation by your supervisory committee, in order to assess whether your thesis can be completed according to schedule.
The evaluation is held during the first or second year of the PhD. If the supervisory committee agrees, it may also be held during the third year for assistants and for doctoral candidates with a part-time research position, and in the fourth year for doctoral candidates with no research position.
The supervisory committee grants a pass or a fail based on the intermediate evaluation. You must pass the intermediate evaluation before submitting your thesis.
If the intermediate evaluation is successful, then the work that led to it is validated with 20 ECTS doctoral training credits.