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The National Physical Laboratory (NPL)

Hampton Road
United Kingdom (UK)
TW11 0LW
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What is NPL?

The National Physical Laboratory (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.

Making your impossible possible

NPL has been the silent partner behind industry for over 100 years. Our renewed focus will help accelerate UK industry for the next 100 years and beyond.


To be an exemplary National Laboratory that undertakes excellent science and engineering and uses this to deliver extraordinary impact for the UK.

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.

Good measurement improves productivity and quality; it underpins consumer confidence and trade and is vital to innovation. We undertake research and share our expertise with government, business and society to help enhance economic performance and the quality of life. NPL's measurements help to save lives, protect the environment, enable citizens to feel safe and secure, as well as supporting international trade and companies to innovation. Support in areas such as the development of advanced medical treatments and environmental monitoring helps secure a better quality of life for all.

NPL employs over 500 scientists, based in south-west London. Our laboratory is a 36,000 square-metre purpose-built measurement building with 388 of the world's most extensive and sophisticated measurement science laboratories.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) owns NPL Management Limited (NPLML) and NPL operates as a public corporation.


Recruiting Stars

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is a world-leading centre for research into measurement science and technology.

We sit at the intersection between scientific discovery and real world application. Our research supports innovation in science, industry and medicine. Our scientists make real differences to people’s lives through research in fields as diverse as quantum physics, medicine and climate change.

At NPL we recognise that our success comes from attracting energetic and imaginative people, a reflection of our own values. The self-cultivated atmosphere of support and collaboration is one we are justifiably proud of. At every level, in every area of our business, we seek to nurture and respect our people to support each other to grow, succeed and enjoy work.

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