Providing the UK's measurement capability
Metrology is the science of measurement. As the UK's National Metrology Institute (NMI), NPL's mission is to provide the measurement capability that underpins the UK's prosperity and quality of life. We are able to provide confidence in measurement results and data traceable to SI units.
Since 1900 we have developed and maintained the nation's primary measurement standards. These standards help provide confidence that the goods and services we buy live up to their claims, that the medicines we take are the right dosage, and the data we use for everything from climate change to financial trading is accurate. Our work also supports international trade and innovation in the commercial world.
UK measurement standards are underpinned by the National Measurement System (NMS), an infrastructure that ensures accuracy and consistency of measurement throughout the UK. We also represent the nation when liaising with international metrology and standards organisations and NMIs from other countries. We have over a century of experience meeting the requirements of the internationmeasurement community.
2023 NMS Qualitative Research Study
NPL has just kicked off the National Measurement System (NMS) qualitative research study. Private business customers who have provided their consent to take part in this study will be contacted. If you receive a call regarding the study in the near future, please rest assured that such a call is legitimate, and we really encourage you to respond. Further details can be found here.
The study is being conducted by an external consultant, Briscoe Advisory Ltd, on behalf of the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, with an aim to better understand the value of the NMS, and how it differs across national challenge areas. Please click here for information on the NMS Evaluation Framework. Please click here for information on the NMS Evaluation Framework.
If you have any questions please contact :
NPL economist contact - Dharani Katanguru
External consultant contact – Philip Briscoe
The National Measurement System (NMS) Survey for private businesses is now closed.
Thank you to all our customers who have provided answers to our survey. We really appreciate your contributions.
NMS Customer Survey