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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.


NPL Water Rocket Challenge

Our annual Water Rocket festival is taking place on 26 June. Take part in a fun-filled day, where budding scientists of all ages have the opportunity to make and launch air pressurised rockets.

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The UK's National Advanced Materials Metrology Strategy

Discover how we are identifying how critical drivers of change require innovation in measurement capability and a new approach to delivering the UK materials metrology infrastructure.

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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.

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Stronger Together,
Everyone Matters

Our campaign showcases not only the range of careers available in an organisation like ours, but also the diversity of people that do them. Read real life stories from our people.

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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.


Work with us

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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