Covance Microbiology Laboratory Receives ISO Accreditation

Laboratory recognized for meeting highest international regulatory, safety standards

Princeton, N.J, January 10, 2012 — Covance Inc.(NYSE: CVD), a market leader in nutritional testing and food safety, announced today that the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) awarded full 17025 accreditation to its new microbiology laboratory in Madison, Wis. Covance acquired the laboratory from TRAC Microbiology in September 2011.

Granted by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation, ISO accreditation confirms compliance with AOAC INTERNATIONAL guidelines for laboratories performing microbiological and chemical analyses of food and pharmaceuticals.

“This accreditation is a clear indication of Covance’s growing capabilities in providing leading microbiology services that meet or exceed industry standards of testing and quality,” said Marlo Vasquez, Vice President and General Manager, Covance Nutritional Chemistry and Food Safety. “Our team is well known for its dedication to ensuring the safety of our clients’ products. This accreditation represents the fourth Covance nutritional chemistry and food safety laboratory site to earn ISO accreditation and further demonstrates our commitment to excellence in operations and client service.”

This milestone follows successful ISO 17025 accreditation of the company’s laboratories in Battle Creek, Mich. (2011), Madison, Wis. (2009) and Singapore (2008). With nutritional testing services dating back more than 75 years, Covance plays a leading role in the design of testing programs required for nutrition facts labeling regulations and scientific standards.

About Covance
Covance, with headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey, is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive drug development services and food testing companies with annual revenues greater than $2 billion, global operations in more than 30 countries, and more than 11,000 employees worldwide. Information on Covance’s products and services, recent press releases, and SEC filings can be obtained through its website at

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