The top reasons—high quality and availability.
Quality: Korea is an innovator and produces high-quality products. They have strict quality control and strong regulatory oversight. Korea manufacturers must follow Korean Good Manufacturing Practice (KGMP) standards, which are similar to international standards for quality management systems (ISO 13485) and have oversight from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS). Unlike some countries, such as China where the FDA has recently removed dozens of products, Korean suppliers are in excellent standing with the FDA and respected by medical professionals.
Availability: COVID-19 put the global supply chain in shock, and it’s only worsening. Most medical consumables and nearly all PPE are made outside of the U.S. About 50 of these medical-equipment-producing countries have embargoed or restricted exports to deal with the COVID crisis within their own borders. However, South Korea managed to contain the virus quickly, which means they have excess supply for export. We have worked with our Korean suppliers to dedicate a substantial portion of their production capacity to the U.S. market to fill the gap.