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LGC as a National Measurement Laboratory (NML) and Designated Institute

LGC works in partnership with governments, intermediaries and private sector organisations to address the measurement needs across key sectors including healthcare, food, environment, security and energy.

Typically a National Measurement Institute (NMI) or Designated Institute (DI) is responsible for:
  • Dissemination of sound measurement science by providing the tools to assist organisations in achieving accurate measurement results;
  • Research in metrology and the development of new and improved measurement methods and measurement standards;
  • Providing advice to government to ensure sound policy and regulation;
  • Maintaining a general overview of the national calibration/traceability hierarchy.
Some of the key activities in support of the above include:
  • Development of high accuracy measurement procedures that can be used to assign values to measurement standards;
  • Participation in comparisons at the highest international level to demonstrate and confirm measurement capabilities;
  • Production and development of certified reference materials;
  • Provision of calibration services;
  • Dissemination of measurement best practice through protocols, standards and harmonised procedures.
Under the National Measurement System (NMS), LGC manages and delivers chemical and bioanalytical measurement projects through two main programmes:

1. Chemical and Biological Metrology (CBM)
2. Government Chemist (GC)

We also collaborate with other European NMIs/DIs and laboratories to deliver projects under the European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP) and the follow on European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR).


Current developments

Find out more about the impact of our work and visit our publications and resources section for the latest best practice guides and technical papers.

Contact us

For further information contact the National Measurement Laboratory.

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