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NPL provides the measurement capability that underpins the UK's prosperity and quality of life

Excellent science and engineering

NPL is the UK's National Measurement Institute, developing and maintaining the national primary measurement standards. It is a Public Corporation owned by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It has a partnering agreement with BEIS and the University of Strathclyde and the University of Surrey. NPL is part of the National Measurement System (NMS) which provides the UK with a national measurement infrastructure and delivers the UK Measurement Strategy on behalf of BEIS.

We undertake excellent science and engineering to deliver extraordinary impact for the UK and provide the measurement capability that underpins the UK's prosperity and quality of life. From accelerating new antibiotics and more effective cancer treatments to developing unhackable quantum communications and superfast 5G, our expertise is crucial in researching, developing and testing new products and processes.  

Our research

World-class research that delivers impact

Our research

Our work

We house over 380 of the world's most extensive and sophisticated laboratories, and our regional centres across the country give industry access to our expertise and facilities wherever they are in the UK

Our products & services

Providing the UK's measurement capability

We are the UK’s National Metrology Institute (NMI), a world-leading centre of excellence that provides cutting-edge measurement science, engineering and technology that underpins prosperity and quality of life in the UK.

Impact across the UK

We bring together hundreds of world-leading scientists, engineers and technicians at locations across the UK to respond to local needs, as well as national and international challenges

Locations

International

As the UK’s National Metrology Institute, we represent the UK on a number of international committees, organisations and arrangements

International

Who we work with

We work across the entire innovation landscape, supporting industry, government and research organisations to achieve their goals.

Our people

Almost 1,000 scientists, engineers and skilled professionals work together to deliver our exceptional science and engineering work. Meet some of our people to learn more about the drive behind the work we do

Our people

Corporate information

View our management model, annual reviews, financial statements and other information about the organisation

Corporate information

News

Catch up on our latest updates and read about our scientific breakthroughs and exciting new products and services.

Careers

We have a number of career opportunities for talented people like you. Be the first to hear about new job vacancies, apprenticeships or research positions that become available

Careers

Diversity

The Diversity & Inclusion Task Force at NPL, brings together people from across the organisation to promote employee diversity and inclusivity

Diversity

Our history

NPL was established in 1900 with the aim to "bring scientific knowledge to bear practically upon our everyday industrial and commercial life." We have been making world-leading discoveries ever since

Our history

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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