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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Supporting the fight against the coronavirus pandemic

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Measurement for Recovery

NPL is the national laboratory for measurement science and metrology. We provide the measurement standards for all science, technology and manufacturing and are uniquely placed to support UK industry to meet the unprecedented challenge of defeating the coronavirus global pandemic.

We are already supporting several initiatives, including the UK Government’s Ventilator Challenge, to provide support and assistance to organisations, in overcoming problems directly related to coronavirus and the associated requirements for ventilators.

World-class expertise to support UK industry


Supporting ventilator development and manufacture:

  • Test and validation services of materials, components and sensors
  • First line performance evaluation of new concept ventilators
  • Guidance on compliance to quality standards
  • Parts inspection (first and last article inspection reports)
  • Access to world leading measurement experts

Further details on the production and supply of ventilators


  • Supporting the creation and implementation of interim standards for vital equipment such as ventilators, PPE and CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) devices

  • Help suppliers understand the requirements to meet standards
  • Support users, such as hospitals, to have confidence in the equipment they are receiving


  • NPL’s e-Learning courses are now available at 50% off until 30th September 2020 helping students and industry professionals to develop their industry applicable skills  

Further details on e-Learning


  • Support for organisations investigating alternative forms of sterilisation, using existing expertise to evaluate effectiveness of different technologies

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Guidance to suppliers to ensure PPE is safe
  • Providing support to expedite production and delivery of PPE
  • Advice and support to end users to ensure equipment meets safety criteria

Further details on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Gas metrology

  • Help in the design and validation of novel oxygen generator and monitoring systems, using our expertise in gas measurement and sensor evaluation

Diagnostic metrology

  • Support for developing coronavirus antibody tests, on assay development, device development, device qualification and bio-informatics

Vaccine development

  • Validation of the structural, size and morphology properties of virus-like and virus-derived vaccine platforms, their distribution number and localisation in the cell
  • Verification of the performance and efficacy of antigen-carrying vaccines

Consultancy and advice

  • Technical advice from world-leading measurement experts on deployment of new systems where measurement is involved, for example thermal imaging for fever screening

Sourcing of specialist suppliers

  • Using NPL’s extensive professional networks to link organisations with specialist suppliers to meet manufacturing challenges  


Contact us to discuss support for your coronavirus projects

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