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Annual Review 2020

We deliver extraordinary impact and in our Annual Review you will see many examples of excellent measurement science and engineering

Pete Thompson

CEO's introduction

The National Physical Laboratory’s (NPL) number one priority during 2020 was to ensure that all our people remained safe and secure during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our focus was on prioritising our people and supporting them to navigate their working lives in a pandemic. This ensured that as the UK’s National Measurement Institute (NMI), we continued to provide critical services to support the UK’s infrastructure and vital healthcare provision throughout 2020. 

Read the Annual Review to find out how we’ve taken the lead on pressing national challenges where measurement has a key role to play; continued to develop products and services that solve our customers’ measurement challenges; and extended our presence across the UK to enable more companies to benefit from our expertise.

Our vision is to deliver extraordinary impact from excellent science and engineering as a world-leading and exemplary national laboratory; and during the last year, particularly given the global pandemic, our many achievements show how we are delivering on that vision.


Dr Peter Thompson, Chief Executive Officer


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National challenges

Our science and engineering is focused on developing solutions for some of the biggest national and international challenges.

At NPL we apply our science and engineering knowledge and work with business, governments, researchers and others to address these challenges and opportunities, with a focus on the challenges in: advanced manufacturing, digital, energy and environment, and life sciences and health. With a specific focus on global trends which will transform our future, like: artificial intelligence and data; ageing society; clean growth; and future of mobility.

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On a daily basis NPL delivers extraordinary impact and benefits UK prosperity and quality of life. In our Annual Reviews you will see many examples of excellent measurement science and engineering.

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