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Securities to be offered to employees in employee benefit plans

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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

This registration statement on Form S-8 is being filed for the purpose of registering an additional 10,500,000 shares of common stock, $0.01 par value per share, of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (the “Corporation”) issuable pursuant to the Plan. In accordance with Instruction E to the General Instructions to Form S-8, the contents of the Registration Statement on Form S-8 (File No. 333-162711) that the Registrant filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 28, 2009, are hereby incorporated by reference and made part of this Registration Statement, except that Item 6 thereof is hereby restated as follows.

Pursuant to authority conferred by Section 102 of the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”), Paragraph 11 of the Corporation's certificate of incorporation (the “Certificate”) eliminates the personal liability of the Corporation's directors to the Corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty, including, without limitation, directors serving on committees of the Corporation's board of directors (the “Board”). Directors remain liable for (1) any breach of the duty of loyalty to the Corporation or its stockholders, (2) any act or omission not in good faith or which involves intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law, (3) any violation of Section 174 of the DGCL, which proscribes the payment of dividends and stock purchases or redemptions under certain circumstances, and (4) any transaction from which directors derive an improper personal benefit.

In accordance with Section 145 of the DGCL, which provides for the indemnification of directors, officers, and employees under certain circumstances, Section 7.01 of the Corporation's By-Laws and Section 11 of the Certificate each grant the Corporation's officers and directors a right to indemnification, to the fullest extent authorized by the DGCL, as the same exists or may hereafter be amended (but in the case of any such amendment, only to the extent that such amendment permits the Corporation to provide broader indemnification rights...