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NPL welcomes publication of the UK Measurement Strategy

The strategy, published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) emphasises the importance of measurement as “essential for the smooth running of our everyday lives”.

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Minister for Science, Research and Innovation, George Freeman MP, said: “The National Measurement System (NMS) is an essential part of the UK’s research and innovation infrastructure that is critical for science, innovation and trade. This strategy describes how the UK will capitalise on its world-leading National Measurement System in the 2020s.” 

The strategy focuses on three challenges where enhanced measurement capability and expertise will support the UK. These include the health and wellbeing of a growing population, managing and reducing our environmental impact, increasing prosperity and supporting innovation. 

As one of the laboratories that delivers the National Measurement System, NPL will continue to work with partner organisations to deliver on the strategy and provide the measurement infrastructure and standards that underpin UK trade and prosperity.  

Measurement allows all of modern life to function. Accurate and trustworthy measurements are relied upon for international trade, manufacturing, human health and safety, protection of the environment, global climate studies and basic science. Accurate and reliable measurement also plays a vital role in responding to new challenges, supporting UK innovation and increasing UK productivity.   

Additionally, measurement expertise enables organisations like NPL to advise and inform the government in critical situations. “Measurement is key to supporting the UK’s current and future priorities and help it to prepare to address tomorrow’s challenges.” States Professor Paul Monks, Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), in the strategy.  

Dr Peter Thompson FREng, CEO, NPL said: “We welcome the UK Measurement Strategy. Today we are faced with challenges to our environment, health, and security all of which affect our quality of life and our prosperity and we know these are enduring challenges, which can all be addressed through the utilisation of metrology.  We look forward to continuing our work with partners to deliver on the strategy and support the UK’s leadership within the global measurement community.”


View the UK Measurement Strategy

19 Dec 2022