As with the EMS in other advanced countries, Korea also has various EMS-related organizations.
The Emergency Medical Support Center of the National Emergency Medical Center is an organization unique to Korea that enables the operation of a binary emergency medical service administrative system as one organic body.
The NEMC supports and supervises the work of regional and professional emergency medical centers, local emergency medical centers, and local emergency medical facilities across the nation. The National Emergency Medical Support Center has been in operation since July 2000.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare shall have a National Emergency Medical Service Committee and each Special City, Metropolitan City, and province shall have a city/province Emergency Medical Service Committee.
The National Emergency Management Agency and 119 Rescue Center are in charge of pre-hospital emergency medical services, i.e. treatment on the scene and transport business. Private transport agencies are also in operation in charge of private transport.
In constructing a national emergency medical service system, the role of organizations related to emergency medical services are very important in accepting opinions and requiring consultation to prepare for policies or legislation. Moreover, the influence of organizations related to emergency medical services on the development of an emergency medical service system is considered significant, since they conduct the majority of first aid education and training for emergency medical service workers and the public.
The organizations related to emergency medical services are largely divided into professional organizations, such as
Korean Society of Emergency Medicine
Korean Society of Traumatology
Korean Society of Emergency Medical Services
Korean Emergency Medical Workers Association
Korea Emergency Nurses Association
Korea Association of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
and civic organizations, such as the Health Rights Network and Korean Good Samaritan Network.