The National Metrology Institute of Italy (INRiM) is a public scientific research body established by Legislative Decree No. 38 of 21 January 2004.
INRiM carries out and promotes research in metrology and develops the most advanced measurement standards and methods and related technologies, fulfilling the functions of a primary metrological institute according to Law No. 273 of 11 August 1991. To this end, as a signatory to international agreements on metrology, upon delegation of the competent institutions, and similarly to the metrological institutes of other countries, INRiM creates and maintains the national standards for units of measurement.
The existence of such standards is necessary for the traceability and legal value of measures in the sectors of industry commerce, scientific research, health and environmental protection, as well as for measurement needs in the judicial field and for any other area in which the high scientific-technological content of metrological research is crucial.
INRiM also enhances, disseminates and transfers knowledge and results in measurement science and materials research to promote national technological development and improve citizens' quality of life and services.