Following the launch of the revised DB-ALM Internet version in September 2014, a steady increasing interest in the service was observed during 2015 as well as in 2016. Even though data requests could be performed without the need of registration and a subset of information is provided, the service still can refer to a solid number of new registrations in addition to its growing use in 2016.
A total of 37.565 accesses (pages visited in all data sectors) from 4.411 unique visitors were recorded in 2016. More than 17.000 accesses refer to data retrieval procedures in the Topic Summaries and Methods data sectors, corresponding to an increase of about 4.5% compared to 2015 and an increase of more than 140% compared to the 2014.
More than 360 new registered users were reported in 2016, for a total of 5.135 registrations recorded from 82 countries over the entire period of online access as shown below.
More than 3.100 documents were downloaded in 2016, that corresponds to an increase of more than 20% compared to the previous year and of more than 80% compared to the 2014, being the fourth highest during 10 years of public access.
The information content of the DB-ALM is cited, recommended or referred in OECD Test Guidelines and Guidance documents, in scientific books and articles in addition to website references of relevant international organisations in and outside of Europe and it’s suggested by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) as useful information source on in vitro methods to be considered for REACH registration purposes (see pag. 22 in the DB-ALM Report 2016).