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Effective delivery of public services

As the UK's National Metrology Institute, our role is to support government policy. We work with departments and agencies, including the Met Office, the Environment Agency, the NHS and the MOD to enable them to make evidence-based decisions for the safe and effective delivery of public services.

We use our expertise to inform government policy and recently led the development of the UK Measurement Strategy with other UK measurement laboratories. Accurate measurement and standards underpin trade and are essential to increasing UK productivity and growth.

The work we do strongly supports national challenges and the delivery of the government’s Industrial Strategy. Many of our collaborative research and development projects help to address the Industrial Strategy’s Grand Challenge areas of clean growth, AI and data, the future of mobility and aging society. For example, our research ranges from improving the accuracy of air quality emissions monitoring, to developing new hydrogen technologies to designing new ways to map tumours in cancer. We are building the UK’s capabilities to test and verify products and services in new and emerging areas of technology such as quantum communications and 5G.

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Government submissions

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

Government submissions

NPL evidence and analysis

We undertake regular economic analysis and evaluation of NPL, the National Measurement System and research and development strategy.

NPL evidence and analysis

Government projects

As a public laboratory and the UK’s National Metrology Institute, NPL leads and participates in a number of government funded projects. From running the National Timing Centre  to supporting UK businesses to innovate in our A4I programme, we use leading measurement science and expertise to create impact throughout the nation.

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Working in partnership

"As a government, we know we must do everything we can to make the UK the most attractive place to come and start a tech business, to undertake new research directions, and to test and develop new technologies. That means having a dynamic, fit-for-purpose regulatory environment – an environment that enables new technologies to develop faster, to be tested at pace, and implemented and adopted in new and exciting ways. This isn’t just about removing the hurdles created by out-of-date rules and regulations. It’s about creating new standards and frameworks that provide confidence to investors and customers".

Chris Skidmore, Minister for Universities, Science, Research & Innovation discussed the importance of standards and regulation for new technology in his speech at the Tech UK Conference 8 October 2019. Read full speech