A summary of targets and performance for AICS searching is provided in Tables 15 and 16. The required time to search the AICS varies depending on the amount of information provided for the search and the complexity of the chemical structure. The complexity of search requests increased during the year, reflecting the fact that industry only utilises our paid searching facility for complex chemicals (ie. those too complex to do a free web-based self search). To provide a comprehensive response, additional research by NICNAS was required, and this appears to result in a reduction in timeliness for all categories. As a consequence, we reviewed our internal timeframes and set more realistic ones for 2007-08.

 

Table 15: AICS search requests timeliness in completing in 2006-07

 

1-10

11-20

21-50

>50

No. of enquiries by category

174

5

1

 

Target for completion of search (days)

5

10

15

28

Response time met (%)

91

100

100

 

 

Table 16: AICS search requests meeting timeliness targets (as a percentage) over four years

Number of chemicals per request:

1-10

11-20

21-50

>50

2003-04

88

84

100

100

2004-05

92

100

100

-

2005-06

73

89

66.7

100

2006-07

91

100

100

-