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Creating impact from science and engineering

Our world-leading measurement solutions are critical to business and government, accelerating research and innovation, improving quality of life and enabling trade. We ensure our cutting-edge measurement science has a positive impact in the real world.


NPL receives new £50 note

The note features Alan Turing and the Pilot ACE, one of the first computers built in the UK, developed during Turing’s time at NPL.

Alan Turing appears on new £50 note

Measurement for

Specialist science, engineering advice and facilities that is making a difference to UK industry and building confidence in the future.

Measurement for Recovery

Energy and environment

Effective climate action with real impact.
Accurate and reliable data for
evidence-led climate solutions.

Energy and environment

Technology and Measurement Foresighting

We identify the future trends for society and industry, analyse which technologies will be vital to enable them and explore their implications on metrology.


NPL’s COVID-19 response

Find out how we have used our expertise to meet the challenges of the pandemic and support the national effort.


News and views

The latest from the NPL press team.

News and press

Excellent science

As the UK's National Measurement Institute, NPL develops and maintains the national primary measurement standards. From new antibiotics to tackle resistance and more effective cancer treatments to unhackable quantum communications and superfast 5G, technological advances must be built on a foundation of reliable measurement to succeed. 

For over a century, we have worked with customers to translate scientific expertise into economic prosperity, skilled employment and improved quality of life. 


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

Strategic partners

We have a partnering agreement with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the University of Strathclyde and University of Surrey, enabling us to work more closely with the academic community.

Strategic partners

Impartial and independent

We help save lives, protect the environment and enable citizens to feel safe and secure, as well as supporting international trade and commercial innovation.

As a national laboratory, our advice is always impartial and independent, meaning consumers, investors, policymakers and entrepreneurs can always rely on the work we do.


Be part of something amazing

We recruit energetic and imaginative people who share our values and want to work in an atmosphere of support and collaboration.


Work with us

Our research and measurement solutions support innovation and product development. We work with companies to deliver business advantage and commercial success.
Contact our Customer Services team on +44 20 8943 7070