Url has been acting executive director since Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle quit the role in September 2013.
He was nominated by the EFSA board and appeared before members of the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee in April where he made a statement and answered questions from MEPs.
Before joining the body in 2012 as director of Risk Assessment and Scientific Assistance, he was md of the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety for 10 years.
Url said it was a “great honour” to be appointed to the EFSA board.
“I commit myself to working with staff, scientific experts, European institutions, Member States and stakeholders to uphold EFSA’s core values and to work towards more open risk assessment and further building trust,” he added.
EFSA chair Sue Davies said: “We have great confidence that in the years to come Bernhard will lead EFSA and its staff to provide Europe with the best scientific advice to protect consumers from food-related risks.”