NPL is the UK’s National Measurement Institute, and is a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards, science and technology available.
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.
NPL employs over 500 scientists, based in south-west London. Its laboratory is a 36,000 square-metre purpose built measurement building housing almost 400 of the world’s most extensive and sophisticated measurement science laboratories.
The National Physical Laboratory provides independent expertise to deliver a programme of training focused on attaining excellence in product verification, leading to improvements in quality, cost and delivery.