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LNE's mission

The Laboratoire National de Métrologie et d'Essais is committed to excellence in measurement and testing and to progress in quality and safety, for the benefit of industries and consumers alike.

Public service

Since 1997, LNE's public service mission has been specified in a fulfilment agreement drawn up every four years with the French government. The state's financial contribution takes the form of annual subsidies. These enable the Laboratory to:

  • operate as the national reference laboratory in metrology for French industry
  • pursue its scientific and technological development in order to anticipate new measurement and testing requirements created by advances in technology and society's new expectations in the spheres of safety, health, quality and environmental protection
  • provide state authorities and key economic players with the technical assistance they require to draft new regulations and standards at national, European and international level, develop new test methods and carry out market surveillance.

A comprehensive service for companies

Applying its multidisciplinary technical expertise, LNE provides companies with services in the fields of metrology, medical and health products, construction products, packaging, transport, environment and industrial products.

The Laboratory offers a full range of technical conformity services, from calibration and testing to technical assistance and training.

LNE is also a certification body, providing companies with the technical solutions they need to ensure the quality and conformity of their products and enhance them on markets worldwide. LNE, as Notified Body and accredited certification organization, must maintain its impartiality. In this framework, it shall not carry out any consulting activities which by their nature could compromise LNE’s impartiality.


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