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Brexit: Transition period

The UK has now left the EU. Your health and safety responsibilities have not changed in the transition period.

Find the latest information on our Brexit pages

We have made a number of databases available for your information on this website.

Please note there can be a time lag between new authorisations being issued and their details appearing on our website databases. A similar delay can also occur when changes are made to existing authorisations. Please therefore contact us if you wish to be absolutely sure that the information you are looking for is the most up to date.

Currently authorised (extant) plant protection products:

Extensions of authorisation, adjuvants, commodity substances and basic substances

Basic substances

A basic substance is a commonly available commodity which has been assessed as acceptable for specific plant protection purposes. Examples of basic substances include: sucrose, calcium hydroxide and vinegar.

Basic substances must not be sold as a plant protection product nor can they be labelled with any plant protection claims or the uses approved at an EU level. Growers may however purchase these commodities and use them in accordance with the approved conditions of use. No separate authorisation for the use is required.

Full details of the currently approved active substances (chemical, low- risk and basic) including the review report can be found on the EU – Pesticides Database.

Basic substances must not be confused with products containing low-risk active substances which need to be evaluated and authorised in the usual way.Further information on Low-Risk and Basic Substances.

Other useful lists and links

Further information on pesticides evaluated in the EU on Europa website
(Select the chemical of interest and click on 'show details'.)

Further information on pesticides evaluated by the FAO/WHO Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) (Click on the link to 'alphabetical list of pesticides'. Background information can be obtained by using the other links.)

Other Sources of Product Information

Non-agricultural pesticides information on HSE website

Licensing Work of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD)


Updated 2018-04-04