SGS acquires Am'Tech Medical, Sèvres, France

8/30/2010, 7:00 AM (Source: GlobeNewswire)


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SGS is pleased to announce the acquisition of Am'Tech Medical in Sèvres (near
Paris), France.

Am'Tech Medical is the leading medical devices regulatory control services
provider in France since its foundation in 1996. France represents the largest
market in regulatory and quality control of radiological devices and is at the
vanguard of implementing the European Community Directive 97/43 "Euratom", which
aims to protect individuals against exposure to ionizing radiation. Am'Tech
Medical is approved by the French national regulators - Agence Française de
Sécurité Sanitaire des Produits de Santé (AFSSAPS); Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire
(ASN) - for all seven types of inspection activities currently regulated by the
EC Directive (analog & digital mammography, radio diagnosis, dental radiology,
bone density analysis, scannography equipment and radioprotection), and is also
accredited by COFRAC.

Privately owned, Am'Tech Medical employs 17 staff, covering the whole country,
and reported revenue in 2009 of about € 2.5 million. It operates in a strictly
regulated environment and shares SGS' values of independence, integrity and
professional ethics.

"This acquisition enables SGS to expand our service offering in France by
entering into a highly specialized field of activity and acquire a leading
position in that domain, with potential for replication in other
regulation-driven markets where the "Euratom" directive has to be implemented"
commented Chris Kirk, CEO of SGS. In addition, this acquisition allows SGS to
propose these services to non-regulatory environments keen to promote voluntary
prevention measures designed to safeguard the health of individuals exposed to
radiological equipment.


The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification,
testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the
global benchmark in quality and integrity. With 59'000 employees, SGS operates a
network of over 1'000 offices and laboratories around the world.


Jean-Luc de Buman
Corporate Development, Communications & IR

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CH 1211 Geneva 1
Tel:     +41 (22) 739 95 93
Fax:   +41 (22) 739 98 61


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