Home Pesticides database Basic substances Basic substances Authorised basic substances Calcium hydroxide Chitosan hydrochloride Clayed Charcoal Diammonium phosphate Equisetum arvense L Fructose Hydrogen peroxide Lecithins Natriumchloride Salix spp. cortex Sodium hydrogen carbonate Sucrose Urtica spp. Sunflower oil Vinegar Whey A basic substance is an active substance which: is not a substance of concern; and does not have an inherent capacity to cause endocrine disrupting, neurotoxic or immunotoxic effects; and is not predominantly used for plant protection purposes but nevertheless is useful in plant protection either directly or in a product consisting of the substance and a simple diluent; and is not placed on the market as a plant protection product. A foodstuff shall be considered as a basic substance. Criteria for basic substances Basic substance is already evaluated in accordance with other Community legislation (food, cosmetic, commodity chemical). Basic substance has neither an immediate or delayed harmful effect on human and animal health nor an unacceptable effect on the environment. Application An application can be made by any interested part, including member states themselves. An application can be made according to the guidance document on Basic substances, template listed in Annex I. Authorisation An authorisation as Basic substances is granted by the Commission after a scientific evaluation by EFSA and after consulting all Member States. The entire procedure will take approximately one year. An authorisation has no expiration data (unlimited time) and has no data protection. More information See also our topic dossier on Low risk products.