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UK Measurement Strategy launched to support the UK Industrial Strategy

06 Apr 2017
Last week the UK’s Measurement Strategy was launched by Lord Prior, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on a visit to the NPL North of England Laboratory where he met companies who have benefited from measurement support from the UK’s National Measurement System (NMS), of which LGC forms an integral part

Parliamentary Under Secretary, Lord Prior said, “The UK is a global leader in science and innovation which is why we’ve committed to placing the sector at the heart of our Industrial Strategy. We want to build on our existing strengths and get even better at commercialising British research, supporting the sector while creating high-skilled jobs up and down the country.”

Based upon the feedback of over 1000 users, the new UK Measurement Strategy sets out a framework to capitalise on our world-leading measurement system to deliver impact for its end-users. It will support the UK’s regulatory environment; improve the UK’s measurement skills that can increase productivity and provide the confidence to innovate or invest; and respond to the challenge of the data revolution through confidence in data provenance, storage, transmission and inter-operability that measurement can bring.

On the strategy Lord Prior said “The pioneering Measurement Strategy will revolutionise the way we live, capitalise on our expertise in setting measurement standards and provide opportunities to develop solutions to modern day challenges both in the UK and around the world.”

Measurement matters. Every time you use your GPS, put petrol in your car, or receive a medical diagnosis, you are putting your trust in measurements. Measurement plays a vital role in responding to new challenges, supporting UK innovation, and helping the drive to increase UK productivity. The UK's NMS consists of a core infrastructure of measurement laboratories and a wider community of service providers that ensure you can have confidence in the measurements you make or are made on your behalf. Our reliance on the NMS is often overlooked, but, like many of our infrastructures such as roads or water, it would be noticed if it did not work. The fact that it is invisible to many is indicative of its success, but our economy, our quality of life and often our very lives depend on the robust and reliable measurements it enables.