Measurement has a significant role in improving export and trade, increasing productivity, giving confidence to modern technology and innovation, and providing solutions to societal challenges. The UK, along with all developed countries, invests in an infrastructure that allows measurements to be made with integrity and consistency by holding and maintaining internationally-recognised measurement standards and practices.
The National Measurement System (NMS) delivers world-class measurement science and technology and provide traceable and increasingly accurate standards of measurement.
In order for the UK to compete internationally, businesses must continue to innovate and improve productivity and trade. Good measurement is at the heart of this endeavour and plays a vital role in responding to new challenges, supporting UK innovation, increasing quality, and helping the drive to increase UK productivity. Measurement also supports governments and citizens in obtaining reliable information on important issues such as climate change, pollution and medical diagnostics.
Reliable, traceable measurements give confidence in data and enable effective decision-making which supports the final uptake of new ideas in industry or other organisations.