Independent report

Farm Inspection and Regulation Review

Final report from the independent Farm Inspection and Regulation Review. The review applies to England only.



The final report from the Farm Inspection and Regulation Review provides recommendations on how we can better regulate farming in England. These include:

  • creating an independent regulator
  • making better use of technology
  • offering more advice and guidance to farmers

In February 2018 the Secretary of State commissioned a review to identify opportunities to improve farming-related regulation and enforcement (including farm inspections). The review ran from March to December 2018 and was chaired by Dame Glenys Stacey. The review related to England only.

The interim report sets out possible new approaches to regulating farming.

The terms of reference set out the scope of the review.

Published 3 May 2018
Last updated 13 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added the HTML version of the key facts, executive summary and recommendations.

  2. Added the final report for the Farm Inspection and Regulation Review.

  3. We have published the interim report from this review.

  4. We have added contact details for the review.

  5. First published.