Sabinsa received the 2009 Herbal Industry Leader Award from the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) during the association's annual meeting on March 5, 2009, in Anaheim, California. Michael McGuffin, president of the AHPA , presented the award to Sabinsa, which he described as “a company that sets an example of outstanding business practices that work to move the industry forward above and beyond normal business practices."
At the same meeting Shaheen Majeed, Sabinsa’s marketing director, was elected to the AHPA Board of Directors. “Sabinsa consistently works to further legitimize the herbal product industry through research, intellectual property development, innovation and clinical study sponsorship,” stated McGuffin. Majeed was elected to the board for a three year term.