Ratio spectra derivative spectrophotometry and two chemometric methods (classical least squares, CLS and inverse least squares, ILS, were proposed for the simultaneous quantitative analysis of a binary mixture consists of cyproterone acetate (CA) and estradiol valerate (EV) in the commercial pharmaceutical preparations. In the ratio spectra derivative method, linear regression equations for both drugs were obtained by measuring the analytical signals at the wavelenghts corresponding to either maximums and minimums in the first derivative spectra of the ratio spectra. In the chemometric techniques, the concentration matrix was prepared by using the synthetic mixtures containing these drugs. The absorbance matrix corresponding to the concentration matrix was obtained by measuring the absorbances at 14 wavelengths in the range 220-290 nm for the zero-order spectra. Two chemometric calibrations were constructed by using the absorbance matrix and concentration matrix for the prediction of the unknown concentrations of CA and EV in their mixture. The numerical values were calculated by using 'MAPLE V' software. The accuracy and the precision of the methods have been determined and they have been validated by analyzing synthetic mixtures containing these two drugs. The proposed methods were successfully applied to a pharmaceutical formulation, sugar-coated tablet, and the results were compared with each other. © 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.