Membership of CoPSO is open to any private organisation that provides property search reports. Members must agree to be bound by the Constitution together with the Search Code.

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Membership benefits

How will membership of CoPSO help your business?

Membership of CoPSO will provide you with:

  • Regular reports and updates on all of the key issues affecting the search industry as they evolve.
  • The opportunity to put forward your views to influence the future of the search industry.
  • The ability to demonstrate to clients that you are committed to good standards of practice via adherence to the Search Code.
  • Cost-savings via working as an industry in securing, for example, insurance cover, training schemes and complaints procedures.
  • Use of the CoPSO logo to show that you are part of the search industry's major trade body.
  • Excellent networking opportunities across the search industry

What has CoPSO achieved?

CoPSO has:

  • Firmly established itself as the major trade association for the property search industry and the primary point of contact for both Government and the major stakeholders.
  • Ensured that members receive up-to-date information on developments across the industry and have a direct voice on Government and industry working groups and in influencing the shape of policy.
  • Successfully influenced the OFT, Beardsell and Carsberg reviews and ensured the needs and concerns of property search organisations are reflected.
  • Taken the lead in introducing the Search Code delivering quality standards across the search industry and supported by the major stakeholders.
  • Engaged constructively with local authorities to resolve and address oustanding access and charging issues.

What are the membership categories?

CoPSO has five categories of membership:

  • Executive Members
  • Associate Members
  • Affiliate Members
  • CoPSO Partners
  • Search Code Subscriber

A summary of the membership criteria is available, allowing prospective members to review the different requirements.


Membership subscriptions are charged on an annual basis, reducing on a pro-rata basis during the year.

How to apply for membership