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Quest Diagnostics to Provide Diagnostic Testing Services for the Women of Ireland through Ireland's First Nationwide Cervical-Cancer Screening Program
Date:6/20/2008

nostics will perform testing on approximately 300,000 Pap smears annually at two accredited, full-service laboratories in the U.S. The company operates approximately 30 accredited full-service laboratories in the U.S. that could provide backup capabilities if required. In addition, Quest Diagnostics will provide general practitioners and consultant colposcopists in Ireland with a toll-free phone number to consult with Quest Diagnostics' medical experts about a patient's test results.

"We applaud the NCSS for its commitment to developing a nationwide program designed to improve the health of women through regular cervical-cancer screening," said Kenneth R. Finnegan, Vice President, International, Quest Diagnostics. "We look forward to working with the NCSS and the entire medical community of Ireland to deliver world-class diagnostic services that enhance the health of Irish women."

Quest Diagnostics is a leading provider of cervical-cancer diagnostic-testing services, performing approximately 13 million Pap smears in 2007. Through the cytology-screening program, women in Ireland will benefit from services provided by a company that has adopted rigorous standards and training programs for cytotechnologists and pathologists who screen and review Pap smears. Quest Diagnostics requires its cytotechnologists and pathologists to successfully perform a Pap-based screening test prior to being considered for employment. In addition, the company requires that its cytotechnologists register with the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) as well as obtain accredited continuing education. The company also provides daily conferences using a multi-headed microscope to train its pathologists and cytotechnologists to identify unusual characteristics from specimens taken from its sizeable test volume.

The company's laboratories are accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), which operates accreditation programs that align with international
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