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2004-2014 Cross Compliance guidance and updates

 

Update February 2014 - Changes to the verifiable standards and breach classification tables

The verifiable standards and breach classification tables have been updated for 2014 -

SMR 2 verifiable standards have been transferred to GAEC 21

Minimum Requirements for Plant Protection Products verifiable standards have been updated

SMR 4 verifiable standards have been updated

SMR 7 verifiable standards have been updated

SMR 8 verifiable standards have been updated

SMR 9 verifiable standards have been updated

Update January 2014 – Groundwater protection requirements transferred to Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition

Due to changes in EU legislation the groundwater protection requirements have been transferred from Statutory Management Requirement (SMR) 2 to Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC). This is simply an administrative change since the requirements, the inspection regime and the way penalties are applied when breaches are found remain the same.

In summary, the requirements which are now known as GAEC 21 are –

  • You must ensure that an authorisation is in place to allow or carry out a disposal of list I and list II substances, such as waste sheep dip and/or pesticide washings to land
  • You must comply with the conditions of any authorisation granted to allow or carry out a disposal of list I and list II substances, such as waste sheep dip and/or pesticide washings to land
  • You must not carry out or permit an activity which is likely to cause pollution of groundwater by an indirect or direct discharge of List I or List II substances from any non-disposal activity.

 

Update June 2013 - verifiable standards and breach classification tables

The verifiable standards and breach classification tables have been updated for 2013. 

 

Further Update July 2012 - Changes to the verifiable standards and breach classification tables

The verifiable standards and breach classification tables have been updated for 2012 -

  • SMR 6 verifiable standards have been updated
  • SMR 8 verifiable standards have been updated

 

Update July 2012 - Changes to the verifiable standards and breach classification tables

The verifiable standards and breach classification tables have been updated for 2012 -

GAEC 4 verifiable standards have been changed

GAEC 20 verifiable standards have been included

SMR 2 verifiable standards have been updated

SMR 3 verifiable standards have been updated

SMR 4 verifiable standards have been updated

SMR 7 verifiable standards have been updated

SMR 10 verifiable standards have been updated

SMR 12 verifiable standards have been updated

SMR 13,14 and 15 verifiable standards have been updated

SMR 16 verifiable standards have been updated

SMR 17 verifiable standards have been updated

SMR 18 verifiable standards have been updated

Update December 2011 - New Cross Compliance requirement: Establishment of buffer strips along water courses.

The CAP Health check introduced a requirement for Member States to introduce a Good Agriculture and Environmental Condition (GAEC) measure to protect water against pollution and run-off. From 1st January 2012 new requirements relating to the establishment of buffer strips along water courses becomes part GAEC. Full details are available by clicking on the following link or by contacting your SGRPID Area office.

New establishment of buffer strips along water courses requirements.

Update October 2011 - Changes to the verifiable standards and breach classification tables

The verifiable standards and breach classification tables have been updated for 2011 -

  • SMR 7 verifiable standards have been updated
  • GAEC 19 Severity categories have been updated

Revised verifiable standards and breach classification tables

Update September 2011 - Changes to the verifiable standards and breach classification tables

The verifiable standards and breach classification tables have been updated for 2011 (revised September 2011)-

  • Minor severity and Minimum severity has been replaced by Very low and Low severities respectively.
  • GAEC 7 verifiable standards have been updated.
  • Minimum requirements for Plant Protection Products verifiable standards have been updated.
  • Minimum requirements for Fertilisers verifiable standards have been updated.
  • SMR 1 standards have been updated.
  • SMR 4 standards have been updated.
  • SMR 5 standards have been updated
  • SMR 7 standards are currently being updated and will be published shortly
  • SMR 8 standards are currently being updated and will be published shortly
  • SMR 9 standards have been updated
  • SMR 11 standards have been updated
  • SMR 12 standards have been updated
  • The follow up action and timescales for this to be completed for a 'Minor' breach has been clarified

Revised verifiable standards and breach classification tables (September 2011)

For previous Cross Compliance Guidance updates please visit the Previous Cross Compliance Guidance Updates Section.