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Creating impact from science and engineering

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is a world-leading centre of excellence that provides cutting-edge measurement science, engineering and technology to underpin prosperity and quality of life in the UK.


Webinar: Informing standards for semiconductors

Join us on 23 July & 8 August to explore the measurement capability and standards required to support the UK semiconductor industry.

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Access to experts to accelerate innovation

If you are a small medium enterprise find out how Measurement for Business could help grow your business.

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Measurement services from NPL

Confidence for you and your customers through the highest level of quality and precision.

A to Z of our products and services

Save on gas reference materials

Ensuring quality, accuracy and comparability of your measurements.

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Stronger Together,
Everyone Matters

Our D&I campaign showcases the range of careers available at NPL, and the diversity of the people that do them. Read real life stories from our people.

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The UK's National Advanced Materials Metrology Strategy

Explore the measurement capability and innovation required to drive critical change to deliver the UK materials metrology infrastructure.

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Innovation in action

Our science helps save lives, protect the environment and enable citizens to feel safe and secure. For over a century, we have worked with industry to encourage innovation and translate scientific expertise into economic prosperity, skilled employment and improved quality of life.

In this digital age, our world-leading measurement science provides confidence in data and enables innovation and international trade to flourish. We develop the metrology required to ensure the timely and successful deployment of new technologies.

National challenges

Using our expertise to help you make a difference to some of the biggest challenges in industry, energy, environment and healthcare.

National challenges

News and views

The latest from the NPL press team.

News and press

Enduring capability

As the UK's National Metrology Institute, the NPL maintains the national primary measurement standards and ensures a resilient metrology capability for UK enterprise. Our advice is always impartial and independent, meaning consumers, investors, policymakers and entrepreneurs can rely on the work we do.

We invest in people and places, ensuring NPL is recognised as a great place to work and create opportunities to embed metrology skills throughout the UK.


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Our research and measurement solutions support innovation and product development. We work with companies to deliver business advantage and commercial success.
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