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Measurement for our planet

As COP26 approaches, discover how NPL plays a key role in enabling climate action through the delivery of accurate, reliable data that supports decision making and enables low carbon innovation.

Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced technologies to support healthcare manufacturing

Providing the metrology for innovative pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing

Metrology for medicines and healthcare manufacturing

The increased volume of data produced from the digitalisation of pharmaceutical manufacturing is making the interpretation and exploitation increasingly challenging. The drive towards digital health is increasing the complexity of the manufacturing of medical devices and the supporting technology. NPL aims to support the successful delivery of the UK’s Industrial Strategy Challenges by developing the metrology required for medicines and healthcare manufacturing. Our work covers four key areas:

  1. we provide confidence in the manufacture, supply, analysis, and control of increasingly complex medicines ‚Äč
  2. we develop state-of-the-art measurement methods to underpin the understanding and evaluation of pharmaceutical product selection, performance, and validation 
  3. we design and standardise data infrastructure enabling pharmaceutical manufacturers to assure and maintain quality, whilst introducing new technologies to control and improve products and processes 
  4. we deliver the measurement infrastructure to provide trust and confidence in the design and safety of new medical devices, with a focus on materials, surface tests and validation

As the UK's National Metrology Institute, we provide confidence in the supply, processing, analysis and control of manufacturing. 

 

World-class expertise that delivers impact

  • we develop and standardise measurement methods for critical quality attributes of medicines, specifically the development of traceable measurement methods and reference materials necessary to demonstrate reproducibility, scalability and comparability
  • we design and standardise quality data infrastructure to enable pharmaceutical manufacturers to create truly traceable data models to control and improve product and process quality
  • we develop best practice measurement methods for chemical, physical and mechanical properties of materials
  • we help accelerate the adoption of new medical devices and technologies through confidence in measurement
  • we embed novel sensor technology into products to provide in-situ data

Our team combines professionals with experience in industry, consultancy, non-profit organisations, science and innovation. The team sets NPL's advanced manufacturing strategy, assessing UK and international market drivers and policy developments.

We work closely with our scientists to inform NPL's approach to current and foreseeable industrial challenges and create partnerships with key stakeholders from the private, public and non-profit sectors to help drive innovation.

Contact us to find out more about our Advanced Manufacturing work.  

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Working with NPL

Our researchers are at the forefront of new innovations that promise to deliver new solutions to Advanced Manufacturing challenges. We play a vital role in providing reliable data for to develop the standards and assurance to accelerate new products to market. Learn more about our research areas and working with our experts.  

If you have a research collaboration where our expertise can help, please contact the team and discuss your challenge.

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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