Guide to cross compliance in England: 2016

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Further relevant addresses and contact numbers

Contact RPA

Rural service helpline: 03000 200 301 (Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm, closed on weekends and public holidays).

RPA Livestock Identification Helpline: 0345 050 9876 Email:


Rural Payments
PO Box 352
Worksop S80 9FG

Please quote your Single Business Identifier (SBI) for all enquiries. To complain to RPA, write, email or telephone. Full guidance about how to complain or appeal is available online.

Contact British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS)

BCMS helpline: 0345 050 1234


Curwen Road
Workington CA14 2DD

Other useful contacts

Animal and Plant Health Agency 03000 200 301

Animal Reporting and Movement Service (ARAMS) 0844 573 0137

Defra helpline 0345 933 5577

eAML2 movement reporting service helpline 0844 335 8400

Environment Agency 03708 506 506

Food Standards Agency 020 7276 8829

Forestry Commission national office 0300 067 4000

Health and Safety Agency – Advisory Team 0300 003 1747

Historic England (formerly known as English Heritage) 0370 333 1181

Natural England 0345 600 3078

RSPB UK HQ 01767 680 541

Veterinary Medicines Directorate 01932 336911

The Farming Advice Service – if you need help

The Farming Advice Service (FAS) is funded by Defra to provide free, confidential advice to farmers and farming industry advisers to help them understand and meet requirements for cross compliance, ‘greening’, water protection and the sustainable use of pesticides.

Call their helpline on 0345 345 1302 or search for more information on the Farming Advice Service online.

This guidance is not the law. It’s designed to help you comply with cross compliance. For more information, or to read the legislation, go to and search ‘cross compliance’. For legal advice, contact a legal professional.

The main EU regulations relating to cross compliance are as follows (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Regulation 1306/2013
  • Regulation 640/2014
  • Regulation 809/2014

You can also refer to ‘The Common Agricultural Policy (Control and Enforcement, Cross-Compliance, Scrutiny of Transactions and Appeals) Regulations 2014’ which sets out all the GAECs.

If the regulations or our interpretation of them change, we will publish more information to let you know.