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Cross Compliance

Field of CropsWhat is Cross Compliance?

Cross Compliance is a mandatory set of requirements and standards that land managers have to meet in order to receive support scheme payments.

We carry out Cross Compliance inspections for schemes receiving Direct Payments and also some Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) schemes.

The results of these inspections can affect how much funding you receive.

There are two main elements to Cross Compliance:

• Statutory Management Requirements (SMRs): existing EU legislative requirements relating to public health, animal and plant health, environmental protection and animal welfare

• Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions (GAECs): a range of standards developed to address soil erosion, soil organic matter, soil structure, ensuring a minimum level of maintenance, avoiding the deterioration of habitats and protection and management of water

Failure to meet any Cross Compliance requirements and standards could result in a payment reduction being applied to support scheme payments.

Visit the Rural Payments and Services website for full details of Cross Compliance.