Learn how NPL’s science and engineering expertise can support UK ventilator manufacturers

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.

Coronavirus COVID-19

During this period of unprecedented challenge for the UK, the safety of our staff and customers is paramount. We have therefore had to introduce a series of wide-ranging changes to our operational activities that will unavoidably impact the availability of our services to customers.

Our laboratory activities that are directly supporting the UK’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic will remain operational, if at all possible. However, with the exception of those services that will stay open to support non virus-related customer activities that are clearly in the national interest, all other NPL laboratory-based services have now been suspended until further notice.

Our efforts to complete, or return, customer jobs that are currently at NPL are progressing well and our Customer Services Team will be in touch with you to arrange collection of such items as soon as possible. For the services that are now off-line, we will be unable to provide confirmed start dates for scheduled or new work until the current national crisis is over.

As a national laboratory, NPL is standing by to help organisations who are already supporting or intend to support the UK’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak through the manufacture of essential medical equipment, or other technologies needed to combat the pandemic. If your organisation could benefit from working with NPL to meet those challenges, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your needs.

We will continue to provide you with updates on the status of our services as they become available. In the meantime, please contact us with any specific concerns or requests for information you may have.

If you would like to speak to someone about supporting your activities around COVID-19 please contact us

You can reach us on our contact us page for all other queries.


National Timing Centre programme

Led by NPL, the UK’s first nationally distributed time infrastructure will improve security and resilience, communication, and implementation of new technologies, and pave the way for trusted time and frequency across the country.

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TRUTHS satellite calibration mission

TRUTHS is a climate mission, led by the UK Space Agency (UKSA), which will be delivered by the European Space Agency (ESA) to enable in-flight calibration of Earth observation (EO) satellites.


Quantum technologies will transform our lives

View our easy to understand animation which brings to life the importance of quantum technologies and how they can revolutionise the way we live.

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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. This strategic partnership is enabling us to work more closely with the academic community and is the basis of our Postgraduate Institute, which is creating the next generation of world-class measurement scientists.

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.


Train through our e-learning courses

Convenient and flexible training at all levels.


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