The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the UK's National Metrology Institute (NMI), developing and maintaining the national primary measurement standards, as well as collaborating with other NMIs to maintain the international system of measurement. As a public sector research establishment, we deliver extraordinary impact by providing the measurement capability that underpins the UK's prosperity and quality of life. We develop the metrology required to ensure the timely and successful deployment of new technologies and work with organisations as they develop and test new products and processes.

For more than a century NPL has developed and maintained the nation's primary measurement standards. These standards underpin the National Measurement System infrastructure of traceability throughout the UK and the world that ensures accuracy and consistency of measurement. NPL ensures that cutting-edge measurement science and technology have a positive impact in the real world. NPL delivers world-leading measurement solutions that are critical to commercial research and development, and support business success across the UK and the globe.

We work across the entire innovation ecosystem, supporting industry, government and research organisations to achieve their goals. We translate scientific expertise into economic prosperity, skilled employment and impact.


To provide the measurement capability that underpins the UK's prosperity and quality of life.


To deliver extraordinary impact from our excellent science and engineering through operating as an exemplary national laboratory


NPL will achieve its vision through introducing a framework for delivering extraordinary impact from its excellent science and engineering.



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