Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

         Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 20, 2003

                           THE COOPER COMPANIES, INC.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

         Delaware                       1-8597                       94-2657368
(State or other jurisdiction   (Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer Identification No.)
     of incorporation)

       6140 Stoneridge Mall Road, Suite 590, Pleasanton, California 94588
                    (Address of principal executive offices)

                                 (925) 460-3600
              (Registrant's telephone number, including area code)


ITEM 5. Other Events.

On June 20, 2003, The Cooper Companies, Inc. announced that it completed its
offering of $100 million of 2 5/8% convertible senior debentures due 2023 in a
private placement. A copy of the press release regarding this event is being
filed as an exhibit to this report. Nothing in this report shall be deemed to
constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any

ITEM 7. Financial Statements, Pro Forma Financial Information and Exhibits.

          (c) Exhibits.

  No.     Description
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  99.1    Press Release dated June 20, 2003

ITEM 9. Regulation FD Disclosure.

In connection with the proposed offering described in Item 5 of this report, the
Company anticipates disclosing to prospective purchasers of the debentures the
information set forth below, which is furnished herein for informational
purposes and should not be deemed filed under the Securities Exchange Act of
1934, as amended.


We operate in the highly  competitive  healthcare  industry  and there can be no
assurance that we will be able to compete successfully.

Each of our businesses operates within a highly competitive environment.
Numerous companies develop, manufacture and market contact lenses. Many
competitors in the contact lens business have substantially greater financial
resources and larger research and development and sales forces than
CooperVision. Furthermore, many of these competitors offer a greater range of
contact lenses, plus a variety of other eyecare products, including lens care
products and ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, which may give them a competitive
advantage in marketing their lenses to high volume contract accounts. To a
lesser extent, CooperVision also competes with manufacturers of eyeglasses and
other forms of vision correction. There can be no assurance that we will not
encounter increased competition in the future, or that a successful entry into
CooperVision's higher-margin specialty lens segments by a larger competitor
would not have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or
results of operations.

In the women's healthcare segment, competitive factors include technological and
scientific advances, product quality, price and effective communication of
product information to physicians and hospitals. CooperSurgical competes with a
number of manufacturers in each of its niche markets, some of which have
substantially greater financial and personnel resources and sell a much broader
range of products.

Our substantial and expanding international operations are subject to
uncertainties, which could affect our operating results.

Our growth strategy involves expanding our operations to numerous foreign
jurisdictions and a significant portion of our current operations is conducted
and located outside the United States. We have manufacturing and distribution
sites in two major regions: North America and Europe. Approximately 37% of our
net sales for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2002 and approximately 39% of
our net sales for the six months ended April 30, 2003 were derived from the sale
of products outside the United States. Further, we believe that sales outside
the U.S. will continue to account for a material portion of our total net sales
for the foreseeable future. International operations and business expansion
plans are subject to numerous additional risks, including:

o    foreign customers may have longer payment cycles than customers in the

o    compliance with U.S. Department of Commerce export controls;

o    tax rates in some foreign countries may exceed those of the U.S. and
     foreign earnings may be subject to withholding requirements or the
     imposition of tariffs, exchange controls or other restrictions;

o    compliance with a variety of foreign regulatory regimes;

o    general economic and political conditions in the countries where we operate
     may have an adverse effect on our operations in those countries or not be
     favorable to our growth strategy;

o    the difficulties associated with managing a large organization spread
     throughout various countries;

o    the risk that foreign governments may adopt regulations or take other
     actions that would have a direct or indirect adverse impact on our business
     and market opportunities;

o    the difficulty of enforcing agreements and collecting receivables through
     some foreign legal systems; fluctuations in currency exchange rates;

o    the potential difficulty in enforcing intellectual property rights in some
     foreign countries; and

o    the difficulties associated with gaining market share in Japan.

As we continue to expand our business globally, our success will depend, in
large part, on our ability to anticipate and effectively manage these and other
risks associated with our international operations. However, any of these
factors could adversely affect our international operations and, consequently,
our operating results.

Acquisitions we may make may involve numerous risks.

We have a history of making acquisitions, which have significantly contributed
to our growth in recent years. As part of our growth strategy, particularly at
CooperSurgical, we intend to continue to consider acquiring complementary
technologies, products and businesses. Although we regularly engage in
discussions with respect to possible acquisitions and joint ventures, we do not
currently have any understandings, commitments or agreements relating to any
material acquisitions. Future acquisitions could result in potentially dilutive
issuances of equity securities, the incurrence of debt and contingent
liabilities and an increase in amortization and/or write-offs of goodwill and
other intangible assets, which could have a material adverse effect upon our
business, financial condition and results of operations. Risks we could face
with respect to acquisitions include:

o    difficulties in the integration of the operations, technologies, products
     and personnel of the acquired company;

o    risks of entering markets in which we have no or limited prior experience;

o    potential loss of employees;

o    an inability to identify and consummate future acquisitions on favorable
     terms or at all;

o    diversion of management's attention away from other business concerns;

o    expenses of any undisclosed or potential liabilities of the acquired
     company; and

o    expense, including restructuring expenses, to shut-down our own locations
     and/or terminate our employees.

The risks associated with acquisitions could have a material adverse effect upon
our business, financial condition and results of operations. We cannot assure
you that we will be successful in consummating future acquisitions on favorable
terms or at all.

If our products are not accepted by the market, we will not be able to sustain
or expand our business.

Certain of our proposed products have not yet been clinically tested or
commercially introduced and we cannot assure you that any of them will achieve
market acceptance or generate operating profits. We have not commercially
marketed many of our planned new products, such as Proclear aspheric and
multifocal, and, therefore, the market acceptance and customer demand for these
products are uncertain. The development of a market for our products may be
impacted by many factors, some of which are out of our control, including:

o    acceptance of our products by eyecare practitioners;

o    the cost competitiveness of our products;

o    consumer reluctance to try a new product;

o    regulatory requirements;

o    consumer perception of our new products; and

o    the emergence of newer and more competitive products.

Product innovations are important in the industry in which we operate, and we
face the risk of product obsolescence.

Product innovations are important in the niche areas of the healthcare industry
in which CooperVision and CooperSurgical compete. Although our focus is on
products that will be marketable immediately or in the short term rather than on
funding longer-term, higher risk research and development projects, time
commitments, the cost of obtaining necessary regulatory approval and other costs
related to product innovations can be meaningful. There can be no assurance that
our new products will be successful in the marketplace and, as a result, justify
the expense involved in their development and approval. In addition, there can
be no assurance that new products or technologies will not be developed that
could lead to the obsolescence of one or more of our products, which could have
a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, or results of

We manufacture a significant portion of the products we sell and we face risks
associated with manufacturing operations.

CooperVision and CooperSurgical manufacture a significant portion of the
products they sell. As a result, any prolonged disruption in the operations of
our manufacturing facilities, whether due to technical or labor difficulties,
destruction of or damage to any facility or other reasons, could have a material
adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

We are vulnerable to interest rate risk with respect to our debt.

We are subject to interest rate risk in connection with the issuance of variable
and fixed-rate debt. In order to maintain our desired mix of fixed-rate and
variable-rate debt, we may use interest rate swap agreements and exchange fixed
and variable-rate interest payment obligations over the life of the
arrangements, without exchange of the underlying principal amounts. We cannot
assure you that we will be successful in structuring such swap agreements to
effectively manage our risks. If we are unable to do so, we may be adversely
affected in our business, earnings and financial condition.

Exchange rate fluctuations could adversely affect our financial results.

As a result of our international operations, we expect to generate an increasing
portion of our revenue and incur a significant portion of our expenses in
currencies other than U.S. dollars. Although we may enter into foreign exchange
agreements with financial institutions to reduce our exposure to fluctuations in
foreign currency values relative to our debt or receivables obligations, these
hedging transactions, if entered into, will not eliminate that risk entirely. In
addition, to the extent we are unable to match revenue received in foreign
currencies with costs paid in the same currency, exchange rate fluctuations
could have a negative impact on our financial condition and results of
operations. Additionally, because our consolidated financial results are
reported in dollars, if we generate sales or earnings in other currencies the
translation of those results into dollars can result in a significant increase
or decrease in the amount of those sales or earnings. As a result of our
worldwide operations, currency exchange rate fluctuations tend to affect our
results of operations and financial position.

If we do not retain our key personnel and attract and retain other highly
skilled employees our business could suffer.

If we fail to recruit and retain the necessary personnel, our business and our
ability to obtain new customers, develop new products and provide acceptable
levels of customer service could suffer. The success of our business is heavily
dependent on the leadership of our key management personnel. Our success also
depends on our ability to recruit, retain and motivate highly skilled sales,
marketing and engineering personnel. Competition for these persons in our
industry is intense and we may not be able to successfully recruit, train or
retain qualified personnel.

Our intellectual property may be misappropriated or subject to claims of

We consider our intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks and
licensing agreements, to be an integral component of our business. We attempt to
protect our intellectual property rights through a combination of patent,
trademark, copyright and trade secret laws, as

well as licensing agreements and third-party nondisclosure and assignment
agreements. Our failure to obtain or maintain adequate protection of our
intellectual property rights for any reason could have a material adverse effect
on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

We have applied for patent protection in the U.S. relating to certain existing
and proposed processes and products. We cannot assure you that any of our patent
applications will be approved. The patents we own could be challenged,
invalidated or circumvented by others and may not be of sufficient scope or
strength to provide us with any meaningful protection or commercial advantage.
Patent applications in the U.S. are maintained in secrecy for a period of time,
which may last until patents are issued, and since publication of discoveries in
the scientific or patent literature tends to lag behind actual discoveries by
several months, we cannot be certain that we will be the first creator of
inventions covered by any patent application we make or the first to file patent
applications on such inventions. Further, we cannot assure you that we will have
adequate resources to enforce our patents.

Our competitors in both the U.S. and foreign countries, many of which have
substantially greater resources and have made substantial investments in
competing technologies, may have applied for or obtained, or may in the future
apply for and obtain, patents that will prevent, limit or otherwise interfere
with our ability to make and sell our products. We have not conducted an
independent review of patents issued to third parties. Claims that our products
infringe the proprietary rights of others are more likely to be asserted after
commencement of commercial sales incorporating our technology. We cannot assure
you that we will not infringe on any of our competitors' patents.

Significant litigation regarding intellectual property rights exists in our
industry. It is possible that third parties will make claims of infringement
against us or manufacturers in connection with their use of our technology. Any
claims, even those without merit, could:

o    be expensive and time consuming to defend;

o    cause us to cease making, licensing or using products that incorporate the
     challenged intellectual property;

o    require us to redesign or reengineer our products, if feasible;

o    divert management's attention and resources; or

o    require us to enter into royalty or licensing agreements in order to obtain
     the right to use a necessary product, component or process.

Any royalty or licensing agreements, if required, may not be available to us on
acceptable terms or at all. A successful claim of infringement against us or our
contract manufacturers in connection with the use of our technology could
adversely affect our business.

We also rely on unpatented proprietary technology. It is possible that others
will not independently develop the same or similar technology or otherwise
obtain access to our unpatented technology. To protect our trade secrets and
other proprietary information, we require employees, consultants, advisors and
collaborators to enter into confidentiality agreements. We cannot assure you
that these agreements will provide meaningful protection for our trade secrets,
know-how or other proprietary information in the event of any unauthorized

use, misappropriation or disclosure of such trade secrets, know-how or other
proprietary information. If we are unable to maintain the proprietary nature of
our technologies, we could be materially adversely affected.

Moreover, with respect to both existing and proposed foreign and domestic
operations, we cannot assure you that changes in current or future laws or
regulations or future judicial intervention would not have a material adverse
effect on us. We are unable to predict the effect that any future foreign or
domestic legislation or regulation may have on our existing or future business.

We rely on independent suppliers for raw materials and we could experience
inventory shortages if we were required to use an alternative supplier on short

We rely on independent suppliers for key raw materials, which primarily consist
of various chemicals and packaging materials. Raw materials used by us are
generally available from more than one source. However, because some products
require specialized manufacturing procedures, we could experience inventory
shortages if we were required to use an alternative manufacturer on short

We face an inherent risk of exposure to product liability claims.

We face an inherent risk of exposure to product liability claims in the event
that the use of our products results in personal injury. We also face the risk
that defects in the design or manufacture of our products might necessitate a
product recall. We handle some risk with a combination of self-insurance and
third- party carrier policies, which policies are subject to deductibles and
limitations. One of our products is the subject of product liability claims,
which arose prior to the acquisition of the manufacturer. Although we are
entitled to indemnification from the seller and the products are covered by
third party carrier insurance there can be no assurance that such
indemnification and insurance will be adequate. There can be no assurance that
we will not experience material losses due to product liability claims or
recalls in the future.

We face risks related to environmental matters.

Our facilities are subject to a broad range of federal, state, local and foreign
environmental laws and requirements, including those governing discharges to the
air and water, the handling or disposal of solid and hazardous substances and
wastes and remediation of contamination associated with the release of hazardous
substances at our facilities and offsite disposal locations. We have made, and
will continue to make, expenditures to comply with such laws and requirements.
Future events, such as changes in existing laws and regulations or the discovery
of contamination at our facilities, may give rise to additional compliance or
remediation costs that could have a material adverse effect on our business,
results of operations or financial condition. Moreover, as a manufacturer of
various products, we are exposed to some risk of claims with respect to
environmental matters, and there can be no assurance that material costs or
liabilities will not be incurred in connection with any such claims.

We are involved in a voluntary clean-up at one of our sites in the state of New
York, and although the workplan submitted to the state was accepted and the
clean-up is proceeding in accordance with the workplan and our expectations,
there can be no assurance that the clean-up will be completed within the
timeframe and cost projected, that the expected results will be

achieved, or that we will not identify alternate sources of contamination in
connection with their remediation. As such, there can be no assurance that
material costs or liabilities will not be incurred in connection with any such

We may be required to recognize impairment charges.

Pursuant to generally accepted accounting principles, we are required to perform
impairment tests on our goodwill balance annually or at any time when events
occur, which could impact the value of our business segments. Our determination
of whether an impairment has occurred is based on a comparison of each of our
reporting units' fair market value with its carrying value. Significant and
unanticipated changes could require a provision for impairment in a future
period that could substantially affect our reported earnings in a period of such
change. In addition, such charges would reduce our consolidated net worth and
our shareholders' equity, increasing our debt to total capitalization ratio,
which may result in a default under our credit facilities.

We are in the process of upgrading certain of our management information systems
and there can be no assurance that there will not be excessive costs associated
with such upgrade.

We are in the process of upgrading certain of our management information
systems. There can be no assurance that such upgrades will not result in a
disruption of our business, extensive commitment of time and other costs related
to upgrading such management information systems.

Our earnings will be adversely affected if we are required to change our
accounting policies with respect to the expensing of stock options.

We do not currently deduct the expense of stock option grants from our income
based on the fair value method. Regulatory authorities, including the Financial
Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board, are
considering requiring companies to change their accounting policies to record
the fair value of stock options issued to employees and directors as an expense.
Many companies have or are in the process of voluntarily changing their
accounting policies to expense the fair value of stock options. Stock options
are an important component of our employee compensation package. If we change
our accounting policy with respect to the treatment of stock option grants, our
earnings would be adversely affected which in turn could have negative impact on
the price of our common stock and the debentures.

New medical and technological changes may reduce the need for our optical

Technological developments in the eyecare industry, such as new surgical
procedures or medical devices, may adversely affect the demands for our
products. Corneal refractive surgical procedures such as Lasik surgery and the
development of new pharmaceutical products may decrease the demand for our
optical products. If these new advances were to provide a practical alternative
to traditional vision correction, the demand for contact lenses and eyeglasses
may materially decrease. We cannot assure that medical advances and
technological developments will not have a material adverse effect on our
optical business.

Risks relating to government regulation.

FDA regulations

Our products and operations are subject to extensive and rigorous regulation by
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Federal Food, Drug, and
Cosmetic Act ("FFDCA"), and its implementing regulations, guidances, and
standards. The FDA regulates the research, testing, manufacturing, safety,
labeling, storage, recordkeeping, promotion, distribution, and production of
medical devices in the United States to ensure that medical products distributed
domestically are safe and effective for their intended uses. The FDA also
regulates the export of medical devices manufactured in the United States to
international markets. Any violations of these laws and regulations could result
in a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of
operations. In addition, if there is a change in law, regulation or judicial
interpretation, we may have to change our business practices, which could have a
material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of

Under the FFDCA, medical devices are classified into one of three classes --
Class I, Class II or Class III -- depending on the degree of risk associated
with each medical device and the extent of control needed to ensure safety and
effectiveness. We have products in each class.

Class I devices are those for which safety and effectiveness can be assured by
adherence to FDA's general regulatory controls for medical devices, which
include compliance with the applicable portions of the FDA's Quality System
Regulation ("QSR"), facility registration and product listing, reporting of
adverse medical events, and appropriate, truthful and non-misleading labeling,
advertising, and promotional materials (the "General Controls"). Some Class I
devices also require premarket clearance by the FDA through the 510(k) premarket
notification process described below.

Class II devices are subject to the FDA's general controls, and any other
special controls as deemed necessary by FDA to ensure the safety and
effectiveness of the device. Premarket review and clearance by the FDA for Class
II devices is accomplished through the 510(k) premarket notification procedure.
Pursuant to the recently enacted Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act
of 2002, as of October, 2002 unless a specific exemption applies, 510(k)
premarket notification submissions are subject to user fees. Certain Class II
devices are exempt from this premarket review process. When a 510(k) is
required, the manufacturer must submit to the FDA a premarket notification
submission demonstrating that the device is "substantially equivalent" to
either: a device that was legally marketed prior to May 28, 1976, the date upon
which the Medical Device Amendments of 1976 were enacted, or to another
commercially available, similar device which was subsequently cleared through
the 510(k) process.

If the FDA agrees that the device is substantially equivalent, it will grant
clearance to commercially market the device. By regulation, the FDA is required
to clear a 510(k) within 90-days of submission of the application. As a
practical matter, clearance often takes longer. The FDA may require further
information, including clinical data, to make a determination regarding
substantial equivalence. If the FDA determines that the device, or its intended
use, is not "substantially equivalent" to a preamendment or other commercially
available device, the FDA will place the device, or the particular use of the
device, into Class III, and the device sponsor must then fulfill much more
rigorous premarketing requirements.

A Class III product is a product which has a new intended use, or uses advanced
technology that is not substantially equivalent to that of a legally marketed
device. The safety and effectiveness of Class III devices cannot be assured
solely by the General Controls and the other requirements described above. These
devices almost always require formal clinical studies to demonstrate safety and

Submission and FDA approval of a premarket approval application ("PMA") is
required before marketing of a Class III product can proceed. As with 510(k)
submissions, unless subject to an exemption, PMA submissions are subject to user
fees. The PMA process is much more demanding than the 510(k) premarket
notification process. A PMA, which is intended to demonstrate that the device is
safe and effective, must be supported by extensive data, including data from
preclinical studies and human clinical trials. The PMA must also contain a full
description of the device and its components, a full description of the methods,
facilities, and controls used for manufacturing, and proposed labeling.
Following receipt of a PMA, once the FDA determines that the application is
sufficiently complete to permit a substantive review, the FDA will accept the
application for review. The FDA, by statute and by regulation, has 180-days to
review an "accepted" PMA, although the review of an application more often
occurs over a significantly longer period of time, and can take up to several
years. In approving a PMA or clearing a 510(k) application, the FDA may also
require some form of post-market surveillance when necessary to protect the
public health or to provide additional safety and effectiveness data for the
device. In such cases, the manufacturer might be required to follow certain
patient groups for a number of years and makes periodic reports to the FDA on
the clinical status of those patients.

The soft contact lenses that we currently market have received FDA clearance
through the 510(k) process or approval through the PMA process. In addition, we
have made modifications to our products that we do not believe require the
submission of new 510(k) modifications or PMA supplements. We cannot confirm,
however, that the FDA will agree with any of our determinations not to submit
new 510(k) notifications or PMA supplements for these changes, that the FDA will
not require us to cease sales and distribution while seeking clearances of
510(k) notifications and approvals of PMA supplements for the changes, or that
we will obtain such clearances and approvals, if required, in a timely manner or
at all.

When FDA approval of a Class I, Class II or Class III device requires human
clinical trials, and if the device presents a "significant risk" (as defined by
the FDA) to human health, the device sponsor is required to file an
investigational device exemption ("IDE") application with the FDA and obtain IDE
approval prior to commencing human clinical trials. If the device is considered
a "non-significant" risk, IDE submission to FDA is not required. Instead, only
approval from the Institutional Review Board overseeing the clinical trial is
required. Human clinical trials are generally required in connection with
approval of Class III devices and may be required for Class I and II devices.
The FDA, and the Institutional Review Board at each institution at which a
clinical trial is being performed, may suspend a clinical trial at any time for
various reasons, including a belief that the subjects are being exposed to an
unacceptable health risk. There can be no assurances that we will be able to
secure 510(k) and PMA clearances and approvals for our new medical devices, or
that FDA will not suspend, modify, or revoke existing clearances and approvals
for products currently being marketed by the Company. If this were to occur, it
could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and
results of operations.

After FDA permits a device to enter commercial distribution, numerous regulatory
requirements apply. These include: the QSR, which requires manufacturers to
follow elaborate design, testing, control, documentation and other quality
assurance procedures during the manufacturing process; labeling regulations; the
FDA's general prohibition against promoting products for unapproved or
"off-label" uses; and the Medical Device Reporting regulation, which requires
that manufacturers report to the FDA if their device may have caused or
contributed to a death or serious injury or malfunctioned in a way that would
likely cause or contribute to a death or serious injury if it were to reoccur.
The FDA has broad post-market, regulatory and enforcement powers. Failure to
comply with the applicable U.S. medical device regulatory requirements could
result in, among other things, warning letters, fines, injunctions, consent
decrees, civil penalties, repairs, replacements, refunds, recalls or seizures of
products (which would result in the cessation or reduction of our production
volume), total or partial suspension of production, the FDA's refusal to grant
future premarket clearances or approvals, withdrawals or suspensions of current
product applications, and criminal prosecution. If any of these events were to
occur, they could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial
condition and results of operations.

From time to time we voluntarily recall a product. For example, we are currently
involved in two recalls. On August 1, 2002 we initiated a voluntary recall of a
uterine manipulator-injector device. There can be no assurance that the product
will not cause serious injury in the future as a result of products remaining in
use despite the recall. We are currently working to replace these products and
do not expect the cost of this recall to be material. We also intend to issue a
recall of specific batches of one of our contact lens products due to
mislabeling resulting from a software error in the labeling process. We do not
believe these mislabeled products pose a serious health or safety risk and
believe that the cost of the recall will be approximately $400,000.

In addition, we acquired Ackrad Laboratories, Inc. on May 21, 2002. Prior to the
acquisition on December 6, 1995, Ackrad had entered into a FDA Consent Decree of
Permanent Injunction due to violations of FDA Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
regulations, including failure to have adequate validation of device
manufacturing and sterilization processes. Both Ackrad and we have instituted
corrective actions to address the GMP deficiencies and we believe we are in
substantial compliance with FDA's GMP regulations.

Healthcare reform

In recent years, an increasing number of legislative initiatives have been
introduced or proposed in Congress and in state legislatures that could effect
major changes in the healthcare system, either nationally or at the state level.
Among the proposals under consideration are price controls on hospitals,
insurance market reforms to increase the availability of group health insurance
to small businesses, requirements that all businesses offer health insurance
coverage to their employees and the creation of a government health insurance
plan or plans that would cover all citizens. There continue to be efforts at the
federal level to introduce various insurance market reforms, expanded fraud and
abuse and anti- referral legislation and further reductions in Medicare and
Medicaid coverage and reimbursement. A broad range of both similar and more
comprehensive healthcare reform initiatives is likely to be considered at the
state level. It is uncertain which, if any, of these or other proposals will be
adopted. We cannot predict the effect such reforms or the prospect of their
enactment may have on our business.

Retail optics industry

Our success depends to a significant extent upon the success of our customers in
the retail optical industry. These customers are subject to a variety of
federal, state and local laws, regulations and ordinances. The state and local
legal requirements vary widely among jurisdictions and are subject to frequent
change. Furthermore, numerous healthcare-related legislative proposals have been
made in recent years in the Congress and in various state legislatures. The
potential impact of these proposals with respect to the business of our
customers is uncertain, and we cannot assure you that that the proposals, if
adopted, would not have a material adverse impact on our revenues, business,
financial condition and results of operations.

There is substantial United States federal and state governmental regulation
related to the prescribing of contact lenses. These regulations relate to who is
permitted to prescribe and fit contact lenses, the prescriber's obligation to
provide prescriptions to its patients, the length of time a prescription is
valid, the ability or obligation of prescribers to prescribe lenses by brand
rather than by generic equivalent or specification, and other matters. In
addition, adverse regulatory or other decisions affecting eyecare practitioners,
or material changes in the selling and prescribing practices for contact lenses,
could have a material adverse affect on our business, operating results and
financial condition. Finally, although cost controls or other requirements
imposed by third party healthcare payors such as insurers and health maintenance
organizations have not historically had a significant effect on contact lens
prices or distribution practices, this could change in the future, and could
adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

International product regulations

In many of the foreign countries in which we market our products, we are subject
to regulations affecting, among other things, product standards, packaging
requirements, labeling requirements, import restrictions, tariff regulations,
duties and tax requirements. Many of the regulations applicable to our devices
and products in such countries are similar to those of the FDA. In many
countries, the national health or social security organizations require our
products to be qualified before they can be marketed with the benefit of
reimbursement eligibility. To date, we have not experienced difficulty in
complying with these regulations. Due to the movement towards harmonization of
standards in the European Union, we expect a changing regulatory environment in
Europe characterized by a shift from a country-by-country regulatory system to a
European Union-wide single regulatory system. We cannot currently predict the
timing of this harmonization. Our failure to receive, or delays in the receipt
of, relevant foreign qualifications could have a material adverse effect on our
business, financial condition and results of operations.

We have also implemented policies and procedures allowing us to position
ourselves for the changing international regulatory environment. The ISO 9000
series of standards has been developed as an internationally recognized set of
guidelines that are aimed at ensuring the design and manufacture of quality
products. A company that passes an ISO audit and obtains ISO registration
becomes internationally recognized as well run and functioning under a competent
quality system. In certain foreign markets, it may be necessary or advantageous
to obtain ISO 9000 series certification, which is in some ways analogous to
compliance with the FDA's QSR requirements. The European Community promulgated
rules requiring medical products to

receive a CE mark by mid-1998. A CE mark is an international symbol of adherence
to certain standards and compliance with applicable European medical device

Federal privacy and transaction law and regulations

Other federal legislation will affect the manner in which we use and disclose
health information. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of
1996 (HIPAA) mandates, among other things, the adoption of standards for the
electronic exchange of health information that may require significant and
costly changes to current practices. The U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS) has released three rules to date mandating the use of new
standards with respect to certain healthcare transactions and health
information. The first rule requires the use of uniform standards for common
healthcare transactions, including healthcare claims information, plan
eligibility, referral certification and authorization, claims status, plan
enrollment and disenrollment, payment and remittance advice, plan premium
payments, and coordination of benefits. The second rule released by HHS imposes
new standards relating to the privacy of individually identifiable health
information. These standards not only require compliance with rules governing
the use and disclosure of protected health information, but they also require an
entity subject to HIPAA to obtain satisfactory assurances that any of its
business associates to whom such information is disclosed will safeguard the
information. The third rule released by HHS establishes minimum standards for
the security of electronic health information. While we do not believe we are
directly regulated as a covered entity under HIPAA, many of our customers are
covered entities subject to HIPAA. Such customers may require us to enter into
business associates agreements, which obligate us to safeguard certain health
information we obtain in the course of servicing the customers, restrict the
manner in which we use and disclose such information and impose liability on us
for failure to meet our contractual obligations. The costs of complying with
these contractual obligations and potential liability associated with failure to
do so could have a material adverse effect on our business and financial
condition and results of operation.

Fraud and abuse

We may be subject to various federal and state laws pertaining to healthcare
fraud and abuse, including anti-kickback laws and physician self-referral laws.
Violations of these laws are punishable by criminal and civil sanctions,
including, in some instances, exclusion from participation in federal and state
healthcare programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Administration
health programs and TRICARE. While we believe that our operations are in
material compliance with such laws, because of the complex and far-reaching
nature of these laws, there can be no assurance that we would not be required to
alter one or more of its practices to be in compliance with these laws. Any
violations of these laws or regulations could result in a material adverse
effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. Moreover,
if there is a change in law, regulation, administrative or judicial
interpretation, we may have to change our business practices or our existing
business practices could be challenged as unlawful, which could have a material
adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Anti-kickback and fraud laws

Our operations may be subject to federal and state anti-kickback laws. Certain
provisions of the Social Security Act, which are commonly known collectively as
the Medicare Fraud and Abuse Statute, prohibit persons from knowingly and
willfully soliciting, receiving, offering or providing remuneration directly or
indirectly to induce either the referral of an individual, or the furnishing,
recommending, or arranging for a good or service, for which payment may be made
under a federal healthcare program such as Medicare and Medicaid. The definition
of "remuneration" under this statute has been broadly interpreted to include
anything of value, including such items as gifts, discounts, waiver of payments,
and providing anything at less than its fair market value. Many states have
adopted prohibitions similar to the Medicare Fraud and Abuse Statute, some of
which apply to the referral of patients for healthcare services reimbursed by
any source, not only by the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

HIPAA created two new federal crimes: healthcare fraud and false statements
relating to healthcare matters. The healthcare fraud statute prohibits knowingly
and willfully executing or attempting to execute a scheme or artifice to defraud
any healthcare benefit program, including private payers. The false statements
statute prohibits knowingly and willfully falsifying, concealing or covering up
a material fact or making any materially false, fictitious or fraudulent
statement or representation in connection with the delivery of or payment for
healthcare benefits, items or services. This statute applies to any health
benefit plan, not just Medicare and Medicaid. Additionally, HIPAA granted
expanded enforcement authority to HHS and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
and provided enhanced resources to support the activities and responsibilities
of the OIG and DOJ by authorizing large increases in funding for investigating
fraud and abuse violations relating to healthcare delivery and payment. In
addition, HIPAA mandates the adoption of standards for the electronic exchange
of health information.

Physician self-referral laws. We may also be subject to federal and state
physician self-referral laws. Federal physician self-referral legislation
(commonly known as the Stark Law) prohibits, subject to certain exceptions,
physician referrals of Medicare and Medicaid patients to an entity providing
certain "designated health services" if the physician or an immediate family
member has any financial relationship with the entity. The Stark Law also
prohibits the entity receiving the referral from billing any good or service
furnished pursuant to an unlawful referral, and any person collecting any
amounts in connection with an unlawful referral is obligated to refund such
amounts. Various states have corollary laws to the Stark Law, including laws
that require physicians to disclose any financial interest they may have with a
healthcare provider to their patients when referring patients to that provider.
Both the scope and exceptions for such laws vary from state to state.

False claims laws. Under separate statutes, submission of claims for payment or
causing such claims to be submitted that are "not provided as claimed" may lead
to civil money penalties, criminal fines and imprisonment, and/or exclusion from
participation in Medicare, Medicaid and other federally funded state health
programs. These false claims statutes include the federal False Claims Act,
which prohibits the knowing filing of a false claim or the knowing use of false
statements to obtain payment from the federal government. When an entity is
determined to have violated the False Claims Act, it must pay three times the
actual damages sustained by the government, plus mandatory civil penalties of
between $5,500 and $11,000 for each separate false claim. Suits filed under the
False Claims Act, known as "qui tam" actions, can be brought by any individual
on behalf of the government and such individuals (known as "relators" or,

more commonly, as "whistleblowers") may share in any amounts paid by the entity
to the government in fines or settlement. In addition, certain states have
enacted laws modeled after the federal False Claims Act. Qui tam actions have
increased significantly in recent years causing greater numbers of healthcare
companies to have to defend a false claim action, pay fines or be excluded from
the Medicare, Medicaid or other federal or state healthcare programs as a result
of an investigation arising out of such action.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                        THE COOPER COMPANIES, INC.

                                        By /s/ Stephen C. Whiteford
                                           Stephen C. Whiteford
                                           Vice President and
                                           Corporate Controller
                                           (Principal Accounting Officer)

Dated: June 20, 2003

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99.1      Press Release dated June 20, 2003.