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Creating impact from science and engineering

Our world-leading measurement solutions are critical to business and government, accelerating research and innovation, improving quality of life and enabling trade. We ensure our cutting-edge measurement science has a positive impact in the real world.

 

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Find out how NPL is improving life for everyone

Excellent science

As the UK's National Measurement Institute, NPL develops and maintains the national primary measurement standards. From new antibiotics to tackle resistance and more effective cancer treatments to unhackable quantum communications and superfast 5G, technological advances must be built on a foundation of reliable measurement to succeed. 

For over a century, we have worked with customers to translate scientific expertise into economic prosperity, skilled employment and improved quality of life. 

 

National challenges

Using our expertise to help you make a difference to some of the biggest challenges in industry, energy, environment and healthcare.

National challenges

Impartial and independent

We help save lives, protect the environment and enable citizens to feel safe and secure, as well as supporting international trade and commercial innovation.

As a national laboratory, our advice is always impartial and independent, meaning consumers, investors, policymakers and entrepreneurs can always rely on the work we do.

 

London Live

From air quality and cancer treatment to robots and driver-less cars, the technology is exciting, dynamic and fascinating.  London Live visited NPL to see some of our activities and understand how important measurement is.

London Live

Fugitive emissions

NPL offers a complete solution for monitoring your fugitive emissions. Our controlled release testing facility independently validates instrument accuracy, ensures national traceability and improves performance.

Fugitive emissions

Online learning for real world measurement skills

Working and learning can run in parallel and give extraordinary personal and business impact.

E-learning

Be part of something amazing

We recruit energetic and imaginative people who share our values and want to work in an atmosphere of support and collaboration.

Careers

  • NPL and NHS England announce Knowledge Transfer Partnership winners
    NPL and NHS England announce Knowledge Transfer Partnership winners 29 June 2017 NHS England, in partnership with NPL, together with two other National Measurement System (NMS) laboratories) - has announced the winners of its first Chief Scientific Officer's (CSO) Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme
  • Mapping cancer
    Mapping cancer's secret chemistry at the Royal Society 28 June 2017 The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is showcasing cutting-edge research to map cancer in unprecedented detail at the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition, a free festival of visionary science and technology
  • Highest IET scholarship goes to Surrey/NPL PhD student
    Highest IET scholarship goes to Surrey/NPL PhD student 22 June 2017 Greg Rigas, who is conducting research into printing techniques for advanced manufacturing of next generation electronic devices, has won the IET Postgraduate Scholarship for an outstanding researcher – the highest scholarship to be awarded by the Institution
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  • Advanced Engineering Show

    30 Oct - 31 Oct

    NPL brings measurement and engineering expertise to your organisation. Global and national trends in manufacturing like digital industrialisation, environmental concerns and energy challenges are generating new markets, products and disruptive materials and processes. As a leader in technology. We have a wide portfolio of products including:

    • High-quality calibration services: NPL offers a comprehensive range of services, all of which are directly traceable to the internationally recognised primary measurement standards. Our highly‑accurate measurement instruments, sensors and artefacts are designed to enhance your business.
    • Electronics reliability service: We provide characterisation and testing for electronic components in harsh and safety critical environments, such as electric vehicles, defence applications and medical devices.
    • Specialist training courses:  Learners will quickly make a difference within their workplaces and generate a return on training investment by improving their organisation’s measurement capability. We have new modules on composites materials.   

    Visit us at on stand G36 and find out how our products and services can advance your engineering.

  • PGI Conference

    6 Nov - 7 Nov

  • Uncertainty in measurements

    6 Nov

We're looking for fantastic, talented people like you, to join us in a number of science and business roles, to help us deliver our world-leading science, technology and engineering, and make a real impact in the UK.

Current vacancies

We're looking for fantastic, talented people like you, to join us in a number of science and business roles, to help us deliver our world-leading science, technology and engineering, and make a real impact in the UK.

Current vacancies

Case study

Simulating radiation therapy using virtual reality to create a safe environment for training clinicians

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Case study

Combining complex data sets to improve our understanding of dental wear

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Case study

Developing standardised MRI phantoms to aid quantitative image comparison clinical trials

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Case study

Improving confidence in pre-clinical evaluation of new intra-operative cancer detection technologies

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Strategic partners

We have a partnering agreement with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the University of Strathclyde and University of Surrey. This strategic partnership is enabling us to work more closely with the academic community and is the basis of our Postgraduate Institute, which is creating the next generation of world-class measurement scientists.

Strategic partners

Work with us

Our research and measurement solutions support innovation and product development. We work with companies to deliver business advantage and commercial success.
Contact our Customer Services team on +44 20 8943 7070