EUROFINS SCIENTIFIC : Eurofins Environment France carries out its one millionth asbestos test


6 January 2010

At precisely 09:22 on the 21st October Eurofins' environmental laboratory based at Saverne in north-eastern France performed its one millionth test for asbestos. As an experienced and well-known laboratory within the field of asbestos fibre testing, Eurofins LEM has developed into a specialist at testing every type of potentially susceptible substance: building materials and construction products, air, soil, waste and water, each according to the analytical methods required in the various different member countries of the European Community.

Asbestos used to be used in the manufacture of a range of products, but principally as an insulator. In construction it was used from the 1950s to the 1980s due to its fire-resistance as well as its thermal and sound insulating properties. However, as has happened in many other countries, it was banned in France in 1997 as public authorities took the necessary steps to protect the population from the health hazards associated with it.

The testing of material samples is carried out prior to any house and land transactions, construction and demolition activity. The laboratory testing supports work carried out by inspectors, real estate environmental consultants, demolition contractors, asbestos removal experts, industrial enterprises and local municipalities which all face asbestos compliance tests. Eurofins uses all three major types of testing depending on national requirements: Polarised Light Microscopy (PLM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Scan Electron Microscopy (SEM). The one millionth test was sampled by a real estate consultant from Villerest in France.

The subject remains topical in light of the recent communication from AFSSET (the French Agency for Health and Safety in the Environment and in the Workplace) recommending an amendment to the regulations in order to strengthen the protection of employees and the general population, currently contained in draft in the second version of the Plan Santé - Travail 2010-2014 (Health Plan - Work 2010-2014).

The Saverne laboratory was founded 20 years ago and the Eurofins Group has a second associated site based in Paris, which is dedicated to the analysis of fibres and dust, particularly in dust removal processes and airborne asbestos fibre counts. LEM joined the Eurofins Group in 2005 and the Saverne site now forms the flagship laboratory for Eurofins' environmental testing in France.

For further information please contact:

Eurofins LEM

Pierre Ringelstein

Tel. : +33 3 88 911 911

Investor Relations

Phone:    +32-2-769 7383


Notes for the editor:

Eurofins - a global leader in bio-analysis

Eurofins Scientific is a life sciences company operating internationally to provide a comprehensive range of analytical testing services to clients from a wide range of industries including the pharmaceutical, food and environmental sectors.

With 8,000 staff in more than 150 laboratories across 30 countries, Eurofins offers a portfolio of over 25,000 reliable analytical methods for evaluating the authenticity, origin, safety, identity, composition and purity of biological substances and products. The Group is committed to providing its customers with high quality services, accurate results in time and, if requested, expert advice by its highly qualified staff.

The Eurofins Group is the world leader in food testing and one of the global market leaders in pharmaceuticals and environmental testing. It intends to pursue its dynamic growth strategy and expand both its technology portfolio and its geographic reach. Through R&D and acquisitions, the Group draws on the latest developments in the field of biotechnology to offer its clients unique analytical solutions and the most comprehensive range of testing methods.

As one of the most innovative and quality oriented international players in its industry, Eurofins is ideally positioned to support its clients' increasingly stringent quality and safety standards and the demands of regulatory authorities around the world.

The shares of Eurofins Scientific are listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris (ISIN FR0000038259) and Frankfurt (WKN 910 251) Stock Exchanges (Reuters EUFI.PA, Bloomberg ERF FP).

Important disclaimer:

This press release contains forward-looking statements and estimates that involve risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements and estimates contained herein represent the judgement of Eurofins Scientific as of the date of this release. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees for future performance, and the forward-looking events discussed in this release may not occur. Eurofins Scientific disclaims any intent or obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements and estimates. All statements and estimates are made based on the data available to the Company as of the date of publication, but no guarantee can be made as to their validity.

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