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Government and public sector bodies rely on our proven measurement expertise to implement their strategies and policies. We actively input and respond to Government plans, as well as carry out economic evaluation of our work and the input on UK industry. 

NPL policy positions

NPL uses its cutting-edge R&D and innovation expertise to contribute to Government policy, cross-sector. We provide technical solutions to policy needs and offer independent advice.

NPL statements

NPL’s experts contribute to many of the Government’s reviews. We consider and acknowledge the findings and recommendations of the published reports.

  • Government Science Capability Review
    NPL’s response to the capability review; comprehensive assessment of the role of science within the government, cumulating in 15 recommendations designed to enhance the application of scientific solutions in policy making across Whitehall.
  • R&D Roadmap (July 2020)
    NPL’s response to the UK Government’s Research and Development (R&D) Roadmap to discuss with the science, research and innovation community how we can cement the UK as a world leading science super-power.

Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Briefings

NPL contributes to briefings and notes created by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, which supplies trusted and impartial analysis to the UK Parliament.

  • Interpretable Machine Learning (October 2020)
    This POSTnote gives an overview of machine learning and its role in decision-making.
  • Edge Computing (September 2020)
    This POSTnote describes edge computing, the use of computing resources in close proximity to the place where data are processed within a network, and some of the opportunities and challenges associated with its use.
  • Cloud Computing (June 2020)
    This POSTnote describes the different types of cloud computing before outlining issues relating to security, regulation, energy use and barriers to the adoption of this technology.
  • Key EU Space Programmes (June 2020) 
    This POSTnote describes the EU operates space programmes which provide services such as navigation and weather forecasting to European citizens and the changes to future involvement at the end of the Brexit transition period.
  • Misuse of civilian drones (January 2020)
    This POSTnote looks at civilian drones and their applications, focusing on potential misuse and possible responses.
  • Limiting climate change to 1.5oC (February 2019)
    This POSTnote outlines key messages from the UN Special Report, and UK responses to preventing and adapting to climate change.
  • Advances in Cancer Treatment (April 2019)
    A POSTnote that gives an overview of recent advances in cancer treatment, the potential benefits and risks, and considers the opportunities and challenges to using new technologies in the NHS.
  • Biometrics Technologies (June 2018)
    This briefing focuses on how biometric technologies work, their applications, and the policy challenges raised by their use.
  • Environmental Earth Observation (November 2017)
    This POSTnote outlines some of the environmental uses and benefits of Earth observation data, challenges facing its effective use, and potential opportunities from advances in relevant technologies.
  • Quantum Technologies (April 2017)
    This POSTnote introduces recent advances, applications, and UK initiatives to support development of quantum technologies and commercialisation. It also reviews policy concerns such as privacy, access to new technologies and secure communications.

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