Can an opted-in body opt out at a later date?

No, acceptance of PSAA’s invitation to opt in means that the body is opted in for the duration of the compulsory appointing period (typically set at five years, so from either 2018/19 or 2023/24).

The only exception is where the body ceases to exist or the body ceases to fall within the classes of authorities for which PSAA is the appointing person.