In recent years, several European regulations concerning the classification and labelling of substances have come into full effect. This has meant that many of our suppliers have made a concerted effort to comply with these new provisions and adopt procedures for substance classification and the submission of safety data to the European Chemicals Agency. In order to assess the level of implementation of these two key regulations, Chiesi began carrying out compliance audits at the end of 2010 on the premises of critical suppliers. These checks are a direct result of the company’s wish to look for increasingly reliable partners that are able to follow the development objectives of our organisation. These audits will continue in the future with a view to extending checks to many of our strategic business partners.