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National Measurement System

The National Measurement System (NMS), funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), maintains the measurement infrastructure, represents the position of UK measurement internationally and influences the development of standards. It is the collective infrastructure of national facilities, expertise, knowledge, science, research and legal framework in metrology that provides:

  • Traceable measurement
  • New measurement standards and techniques
  • Regulatory system to control trade based on defined quantities
  • A national asset base of skills and knowledge, essential to nurturing innovation in products and services

The science programmes are delivered by the UK's six Measurement Institutes:


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For further information contact the National Measurement Laboratory.

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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.