Cross Compliance Guidance

Cross Compliance
(Statutory Management Requirements & Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions)

Following a review of the requirements, some sections of the Cross Compliance guidance has been updated. For more information please see the 2015 Cross Compliance guidance page.


To be eligible for direct support payments you must meet a set of requirements known aFieldss Cross Compliance.

Cross Compliance is made up of a series of Statutory Management Requirements (SMRs) (existing legislative standards relating to public health, animal and plant health, environmental protection and animal welfare) and Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions (GAEC).

The Cross Compliance Notes for Guidance booklet was issued in December 2005. The booklet explains the Cross Compliance requirements which must be met in return for support payments under the following schemes:

· Single Farm Payment Scheme

· Scottish Beef Calf Scheme (closed to applications on 31 December 2011)

· Scottish Beef Scheme (from 1 January 2012)

· Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme

· Land Managers' Options

More detailed information on the specific requirements for SMR 11: Food Law as well as the Cross Compliance Breach Tables was issued in June 2006.

A Supplement to the Cross Compliance Notes for Guidance booklet was issued in February 2007 which, as well as updating the original Notes for Guidance, provides important information on the three animal welfare Statutory Management Requirements (SMRs 16-18) which came into force on 1 January 2007.

It is important that you read all of the Cross Compliance booklets to fully understand Cross Compliance and the requirements you have to meet to qualify for direct scheme support payments.