About us

What we do

The National Measurement Office (NMO) ensures fair and accurate measurements are available and used for transactions regulated by law.

One of its main activities is preparing legislation under the Weights and Measures Act 1985 and European Communities Act 1972. We ensure that fair and accurate measurements are available and used for transactions regulated by law.

Who we are

We employ 90 people and are based in Teddington.

Responsibilities

We are responsible for:

  • the infrastructure and research programmes of the National Measurement System (NMS)
  • regulating the UK’s system of weights and measures, hallmarking and utility meters
  • providing policy support to ministers about measurement issues
  • preparing legislation under the Weights and Measures Act 1985 and European Communities Act 1972
  • providing technical, legal and commercial certification services to support manufacturers and local authorities
  • reinforcing a wide range of European legislation in the UK, carried out by the enforcement authority

Priorities

Our priorities for 2013 to 2014 will be to:

  • make sure our measurement system and how it’s organised are world class, to help increase economic growth and stimulate innovation
  • promote competition and fairness in trading in the UK and globally through an up-to-date weights and measures and hallmarking system
  • protect the interests of the public, business, and the environment by making sure all relevant legislation is followed
  • provide value for money metrology services

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