The history of the UEHP started in 1971 when the European Committee of Private Hospitals (CEHP) was created. CEHP has produced a number of publications, studies and positions which have ensured its authority and important contacts with the EC.
Publications (in French) includes: "Les Hôpitaux dans le Marché Commun", "L'accueil du malade hospitalisé", "La motivation du personnel hospitalier".
In 1988, membership has been opened to associate private hospital organisations from non-EC countries.
On 11 January 1991 in Rome, the member associations of the CEHP together with other associations notably in Austria and in Switzerland, created the UEHP. The Secretariat was initially situated in the CEHP Technical Office, where the two associations worked side by side.