On 22 May 2018 a European Commission Implementing Regulation, on modification of single applications and payment claims and checks, was published in the Official Journal.  

The European Commission has adopted new rules that will allow for a range of modern technologies to be used when carrying out checks for area based Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments.  

This forms part of a larger and ongoing move to simplify and modernise the EU's CAP.  This also includes the possibility to completely replace physical checks on farms with a system of automated checks based on analysis of Earth observation data.