NPL - National Physical Laboratory

National Physical Laboratory
Hampton Road
TW11 0LW
United Kingdom

About NPL - National Physical Laboratory

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Excellent science and engineering

NPL is the UK's National Measurement Institute, developing and maintaining the national primary measurement standards. It is a Public Corporation owned by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It has a partnering agreement with BEIS and the University of Strathclyde and the University of Surrey. NPL is part of the National Measurement System (NMS) which provides the UK with a national measurement infrastructure and delivers the UK Measurement Strategy on behalf of BEIS.

We undertake excellent science and engineering to deliver extraordinary impact for the UK and provide the measurement capability that underpins the UK's prosperity and quality of life. From accelerating new antibiotics and more effective cancer treatments to developing unhackable quantum communications and superfast 5G, our expertise is crucial in researching, developing and testing new products and processes.  


We push the boundaries of what is possible

Excellent science is at the heart of NPL's activities – driving innovation, supporting industry and improving quality of life, both for the UK and internationally. We maintain a wide portfolio of internationally-visible research programmes that advance measurement science, underpin the SI system of measurement units and support cross-disciplinary technologies.

We deliver solutions with the potential to provide major social and economic benefits across advanced manufacturing, digital, energy and environment, and life sciences and health. Our research knowledge on metrology and measurement allows technological innovation and forges a stronger link between laboratory and market.

Science quality at NPL is monitored internally by our Research Director; Heads of Science, Engineering and Metrology; and key scientists; and externally via our Science and Technology Advisory Council. We regularly produce independent and international reviews of our science and engineering capability, quality and impact. As a national laboratory, our advice is always impartial and independent, meaning consumers, investors, policymakers and entrepreneurs can be confident in our research and advice.

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