My company has numerous locations, some performing different operations, some performing essentially the same work. We developed a common quality manual, quality policy, and “high-level” procedures and have plans to get ISO 9001:2008 registration at 2 of our sites, one in a few months, the other by ~Feb.2017 (we will transition to ISO 9001:2015 in a year). Besides the common docs., these facilities have site-specific work instructions. The next locations in line will register directly to ISO 9001:2015. My question is: How to list the scope in the quality manual as we phase in our QMS implementation? I tried to be creative - being careful not to say the QMS is fully implemented where it isn’t, but hoping to avoid revising the manual every time we add a location (unless that’s the only way). I stated our QM and quality policy are common and shared with all U.S. sites… and that the scope of business activities, products and services included at each business unit is specified on the applicable ISO certificates as they are achieved… - it doesn’t read well and I’m not sure it’s acceptable or advisable. A consultant told me I had to have a separate QM for each location, at least ones not under a common corp. cert. But I still want to consider options to keep just one QM. Could I link the manual to a matrix that lists every business unit, its scope, physical location, and “status of ISO 9001 QMS implementation? The status of the first site might be: “Registration scheduled for Sept.2016”, the second “Registration planned for 1st Qtr. 2017”, the rest “ISO 9001 QMS in development”. Is this too far-fetched? Has anyone seen something like that? Could I update the matrix without revising the QM? Do you think it would it be acceptable in an ISO audit? We’ll revise the QM (required or not, we still want a basic one) once we are achieving ISO 9001:2015. But even then we’ll be faced with this since not all locations will be ready for ISO audits at the same time. This could span all next year or longer. In reading posts in this forum, I often appreciate reading “outside the box” suggestions. Thank you in advance for any input!