Several Latvian higher education institutions started issuing Diploma Supplements already in 1999. Since 2004 the Diploma Supplement is mandatory for all higher education diplomas. Currently the content and issuing of the Diploma Supplement are regulated by the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 656 “Procedures by which state recognized documents certifying higher education are issued”, appendix 6 (02.10.2007).
The Diploma Supplement conforms to the model developed by the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO/CEPES). The supplement is prepared to provide objective information and ensure the academic and professional recognition of the qualification documents.
The Diploma Supplement contains information about the substance, level, context, content and status of the studies successfully completed by the person. It does not contain references to the evaluation or equivalence of the qualification, nor suggestions regarding its recognition. Information is provided in all eight sections. If in any of the sections information is not included, the reason is indicated.