The Laboratoire National de Métrologie et d'Essais (LNE) is a public industrial and commercial establishment under the authority of the Ministry of the Economy and Finance in charge of Industry.
Based on its scientific and technical excellence, LNE's work provides the foundation for a wide range of applications: calibration, testing, certification, etc. A recognized expert in France and worldwide, LNE places measurement at the service of the economy and society.
LNE offers its expertise to all economic players and develops ever more precise measurement methods.
Based on its scientific and technical excellence, its work forms the basis for a wide range of applications: calibration, testing, certification, etc. It supports companies in their competitiveness and innovation strategies, and society in its sustainable and safe development.
Since 1997, the LNE's public service mission has been set out in a contract of objectives signed every four years with the French government. This involves a financial commitment from the State in the form of annual subsidies which enable the laboratory :
- to be the national reference laboratory for industrial metrology;
- pursue its scientific and technical development to anticipate new measurement and testing needs arising from technological developments and society's new expectations in the fields of safety, health, quality and environmental protection;
- provide technical assistance to public authorities and economic players in drawing up new regulations and standards at international, European and national level, developing new testing methods, and monitoring the market.
At LNE, the subject of air quality is addressed by the Gas and Aerosol Metrology Department, part of the Chemistry/Biology Division.
LNE is headquartered in the 15th arrondissement of Paris.
In addition to its Paris headquarters, LNE operates facilities across France in Trappes, Poitiers, Saint-Étienne and Nîmes.
LNE has two international subsidiaries. One is based in Washington, D.C., under the G-Med brand, and the other, LNE Asia, is based in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Since January 2008, it has had a representative office in Shanghai, tasked with promoting LNE activities of interest to international companies based in China and/or Chinese companies.
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