Prominent Croatian scientists are calling for better regulation of the domestic market for laboratory chemicals and reagents as prices can be as much as 70% higher than in other European countries. But they may have to wait for Croatia to join the EU in 2013 before they see any action taken.
The price of reagents is one of the biggest problems Croatian scientists face, according to Bojan Polic, vice dean for scientific affairs in the faculty of medicine at the University of Rijeka. Although Croatian scientists receive far less research funding than colleagues in other Western countries, the prices they pay for lab chemicals is far higher, he says, calling for the science and other ministries to look into regulating this market.
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