Measurement at home
Measurement at home

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 lockdown, we have continued to operate laboratories whose work is directly supporting the UK’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, plus a very limited number of non virus-related customer activities that are clearly in the national interest.

From 11 May, we are bringing an additional ten scientific groups back into operation, to provide support to UK industry in getting back to business. All work will be carried out with our scientists’ safety and wellbeing as our top priority. The ten areas where we are re-opening some services are:

  • Advanced Materials Characterisation
  • Air Quality and Aerosol Metrology
  • Electromagnetic Measurements
  • Electronic & Magnetic Materials
  • Engineering Measurement Services
  • Gas & Particle Metrology
  • Medical Radiation Science
  • Nuclear Metrology
  • Temperature & Humidity
  • Ultrasound & Underwater Acoustics

If you are a customer of NPL who uses one of the reinstated services, our customer services team will be in touch to discuss your individual projects.

As a national laboratory, NPL has been working with organisations who are supporting the UK’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. As we now move towards recovery, we are offering our world-leading metrology expertise to help UK business meet the challenges associated with returning to operational activity.  We want to hear about those challenges, and where UK industry needs help. Please get in touch to talk to one of our experts. 

Read more about our COVID-19 activities or contact us

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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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