EU approval nears for first basic substances
Proposals to grant the first EU approvals for “basic substances” have been voted through by the EU regulatory committee. German company ChiPro’s chitosan hydrochloride and French task force Institute Technique de l’Agriculture Biologique’s Equisetum arvense are the first to be authorised under the new category of basic substances in the EU agrochemical registration Regulation (1107/2009). The substances are not predominantly used for agrochemical purposes but are useful in plant protection, the Commission notes. Chitosan hydrochloride is for use as a plant elicitor on all crops. E arvense has desiccating and elicitor effects and some fungistatic compounds. Basic substances have an unlimited approval period, compared with 15 years for “low-risk” active ingredients and ten years for most ais. The first list of candidates to be assessed under the category was issued in 2013 (Agrow No 659, p 13). The approvals require publication in the EU Official Journal before coming into effect.