RoHS - Restriction of Hazardous Substances

RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) is an EU Directive that relates to electrical and electronic equipment placed on the European market.  The RoHS Directive is closely linked with WEEE Care (the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive), which controls the collection and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment in order to solve the problem of toxic waste. 

RoHS aims at reducing hazardous substances being utilised in electrical and electronic equipment, while WEEE Care aims at reducing electrical and electronic equipment in products entering waste. 

RoHS certification states that from 1 July 2006, electrical and electronic equipment that is put on the market cannot exceed maximum values of any of the following six substances.

  1. Lead
  2. Mercury
  3. Cadmium
  4. Hexavalent chromium (Cr6+)
  5. Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
  6. Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)


The RoHS Directive applies to those who manufacture Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE), those who import these goods into the EU; those who export to other Member States; and those who re-brand equipment produced by others. 

EL International produces all Inverters in accordance to the RoHS directive and is also a member of WEEE Care. 

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