In the online guide to writing a short quality manual you say that references to the documented procedures are required (as well as the interaction between them). In the toolkit, the quality manual directly refers to all the procedures in the toolkit as well. We plan to organize the QMS in our own document management system/software. In the system we will have separate areas for the different business units, in which the relevant operating procedures will be stored. Do we have to list all the individual procedures in the quality manual itself, or can we just refer in general terms to where they can be found in the system as well as providing a general overview (flowchart etc) of how the different business areas and procedures interact?
The fact that the manual is no longer required does not mean it's forbidden, the company can decide to keep the manual but now it has more freedom to tailor it according to its needs. So you can reference to the certain parts or features of your software in the manual or to reference to the software as a whole.