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National Measurement System

The National Measurement System, funded by the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills, is a network of laboratories that provide measurement standards, and calibration and testing facilities. The National Measurement System maintains the measurement infrastructure, represents the position of UK measurement internationally, and influences the development of standards.

LGC makes up a key component of the National Measurement System through our designated National Measurement Institute  and Government Chemist roles. We also serve as a National Reference Laboratory in a number of key areas.

Under the National Measurement System, we manage and deliver research under three programmes:

Chemical & Biological Metrology Programme
Research to improve chemical and bioanalytical measurements

Innovation R&D
Addressing measurement needs for emerging technologies

Government Chemist Programme
Research to support regulation of food, animal feed and consumer products