The positive trend observed since its launch in October 2006 and following the publication of the revised DB-ALM Internet version in September 2014, was confirmed with particular reference to the last two years. 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 2017.
More than 53.000 accesses (pages visited in all data sectors) from 7.532 unique visitors were recorded in the annual interval July 2016-June 2017, corresponding to an increase of about 29% compared to the previous year. About 18.000 accesses refer to data retrieval procedures in the Topic Summaries and Methods data sectors.
Over 3.800 documents were downloaded the period July 2016-June 2017, that corresponds to an increase of more than 30% compared to the previous year and exceeding 50% compared to the 2015, being the highest during 11 years of public access.
Over 280 new registrations were reported in the period July 2016-June 2017, amounting to a total of 5.261 registrations from 82 countries, covering the entire period of online access as shown below.
The information content of the DB-ALM is cited, recommended or referred to 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 for details).