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Japanese Ministry Certifies Covance Labs

Covance One of Select Few U.S. Laboratories to Receive Valuable Certification

September 17, 2002 — Princeton, NJ — Covance, a leader in food and nutritional testing for more than 60 years, announced that the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has registered Covance as a certified laboratory. Covance is now one of only a select few U.S. labs credentialed for product release testing of food and dietary supplement products for sale in Japan. This development expands Covance's global reach and opens a valuable new market for existing and new Covance customers.

Japan requires its own Certificate of Analysis for the sale of foreign products. Until now, this represented a significant barrier to entry in the Japanese market because very few U.S. facilities meet the standards for Japanese accreditation. The time and expense associated with conducting additional analysis in order to gain approval in Japan can create costly delays.

Randall L. Smith, Vice President of Analytical Services commented, "Previously, if customers wanted to sell their products in Japan, often they were forced to duplicate many of the testing procedures that they had already performed in the United States. Now that Covance is certified by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, our customers can consolidate all of their testing needs. This will eliminate costly duplication and reduce time to market in Japan."

Covance initially sought the Japanese government's certification in response to the needs of many of its customers in the dietary supplement arena. However, this new accreditation allows Covance to supply testing data on a full range of food and dietary supplement products for export and sale in Japan.

Smith noted, "Recognition by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare represents more than just a commercial opportunity for Covance, it is a validation of the high standards and dedication to quality that has become our hallmark. That we were able to meet Japan's rigorous requirements without making any material changes to our operations, only confirms our position as the 'Gold Standard' for food testing data."

All testing will continue to be performed at Covance's Madison, WI laboratory, which is currently undergoing a major expansion. The expansion is projected to increase capacity by 20% and is scheduled to be completed within the next three to four months.

Covance's scientists help food manufacturers navigate the path from development to product release by providing accurate scientific data and dependable regulatory expertise. From nutritional analysis and labeling to stability testing and clinical studies of dietary supplements, Covance adapts to clients' needs by offering complete product evaluation or single nutrient assays.

Covance, with headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey, is one of the world's largest and most comprehensive drug development services companies with 2001 pro forma revenues of $800 million, global operations in 17 countries, and approximately 7,000 employees worldwide. Information on Covance's products and services, recent press releases, and SEC filings can be obtained through the website, in the About Covance area.

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